Mario Cuomo, a three-term governor of New York who is famously remembered for his forceful defense of liberalism in the county died of heart failure at the age of 82 in his home in Manhattan, New York. His death occurred just 6 hours after Mr. Cuomo’s son, Andrew M. Cuomo was inaugurated in Manhattan for a second term as New York Governor. Cuomo’s swearing-in was initially planned to take place in Albany, but the governor reportedly relocated the ceremony at the last minute in order to spend the New Year’s Eve with his father.
“He couldn’t be here physically today … but my father is in this room,” Andrew Cuomo said in his inaugural address Thursday, according to the New York Daily News. “He’s in the heart and mind of every person who is here. His inspiration and his legacy and his spirit is what has brought this day to this point,” Cuomo further added.
Mario Cuomo led New York during a turbulent time in 1983 through 1994. The ongoing recession during those times impacted his ambitions for an activist government and he was found struggling with the State Legislature over how the budget should be balanced by cutting certain programs and raising taxes in specific areas.He was twice pressed to run for president, in 1988 and 1992, but he never bulged in.
Mario Cuomo is survived by his wife, Matilda Cuomo, son, Andrew Cuomo, who is the current Governor of New York, four other children: Dr. Margaret Cuomo, Maria Cuomo Cole, Madeline Cuomo O’Donohue and Christopher Cuomo, a CNN journalist and 14 grandchildren.