Former Governor Mario Cuomo dies at 82
Former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo, father of current Governor Andrew Cuomo, passed away from natural causes due to heart failure this past Thurs., Jan. 1st. He was 82 years of age.
The Fifty Second Governor of New York State, Governor Cuomo served as New York’s Chief Executive from 1983 through 1994.
During his tenure, Governor Cuomo presented eleven consecutive balanced budgets, reduced taxes, and implemented comprehensive governmental ethics and fiscal reforms.
Prior to his election as governor in 1983, Governor Cuomo served in the public and private practice of law for 18 years, simultaneously teaching as an adjunct professor for more than ten years at The St. John’s School of Law.
Before his father’s passing, Governor Cuomo spoke of him in Thursday’s inauguration speech.
“I went through the speech with him,” said Cuomo.
“He couldn’t be here physically today, my father. He is in the heart and mind of every person who is here. He is here, and his inspiration and his legacy and his experience is what has brought this state to this point.”
Mario Cuomo is survived by his wife of 60 years Matilda Raffa Cuomo, his six children, as well as 14 grandchildren.
On Fri., Jan. 2nd, the Cuomo family announced details of the wake and funeral arrangements for former Governor Mario Cuomo.
Mon., Jan. 5th, calling hours will be held between 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, located at 1076 Madison Avenue.
On Tues., Jan. 6th at 11:00 a.m., funeral services will be held at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, located at 980 Park Avenue in Manhattan.
In place of flowers, the Cuomo family requests contributions to be made to HELP USA for the Mario M. Cuomo Mentoring Fund.