So sad. Mario Cuomo, the beloved former governor of New York, passed away on Jan. 1. The politician was 82.
This is a tragic day for the state of New York. Mario Cuomo, who served as governor of the Empire State from 1983 to 1994, died on Jan. 1, according to ABC News. He was 82. Mario is the father of current New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who was sworn in for the second term just hours before his father’s death. Mario leaves behind a lasting legacy within the Democratic Party.
Mario Cuomo Dead: Former New York Governor Dies
The state of New York and entire country is mourning the loss of the beloved former governor.
Mario passed away at his home from “natural causes due to heart failure,” according to CNN. His son, Andrew, was sworn in for his second term on Jan. 1, the same day his father died.
“We’re missing one family member,” Andrew said at his swearing in, according to a transcript from the governor’s office. “My father is not with us today. We had hoped that he was going to be able to come; he is at home and he is not well enough to come. We spent last night with him… I went through the speech with him. He said it was good, especially for a second-termer. See, my father is a third-termer. But he sends his regards to all of you. He couldn’t be here physically today, my father. But my father is in this room. He is in the heart and mind of every person who is here. He is here and he is here, and his inspiration and his legacy and his experience is what has brought this state to this point. So let’s give him a round of applause.”
Born in Queens, Mario was a New York man through and through. He became the 52nd Governor of New York, and served that titled for three consecutive terms.
Mario was a premier proponent of liberalism during his terms as governor. He was a prominent leader in the Democratic Party, and many believed he would eventually run for president. Mario was considered a front-runner to seek the nomination in the 1988 and 1992 elections. Despite the support, he never sought the office.
His governorship ended in 1994 when he was beaten by his Republican challenger, George E. Pataki.
Mario was the first and final guest on Larry King Live, which ran from 1985 to 2010.
He is survived by his wife Matilda and their five children — Andrew, Chris, Margaret, Maria and Madeline.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mario’s family and friends at this time.
— Avery Thompson