Saturday, January 3, 2015

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo Dies at 82

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo Dies at 82

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo with son Andrew Cuomo

Former three-term governor Mario Cuomo, the liberal son of Italian immigrants who was a very gifted orator that gained him national stature, had died on Thursday shortly after his son, Andrew Cuomo was sworn in as governor for a second term.  He was 82.  Cuomo was hospitalized this past November for a heart condition shortly after his son won re-election.  He was going to join in the victory party, but had to be hospitalized the next day. 

Cuomo was governor of New York between the years 1983-94.  When he was governor the budget grew from around $28 billion to $62 billion.  He closed up the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant in Long Island, New York.  He had built 30 new prisons.  He was given the opportunity by then-president Bill Clinton to have a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, but he declined. 

Cuomo gave national stature during the 1984 Democratic National Convention in which former vice-president Walter Mondale was nominated for the presidency.  He gave a rousing speech criticizing Ronald Reagan's economic policies.  He stated that Reagan believed in Social Darwinism and that his analogy of  "a city on a hill" only works for some people.  Cuomo was later considered to be a leading contender for the 1988 and 1992 Democratic nominee for president, but he declined them.  He was defeated for a fourth term by Republican George Pataki in 1994.  After his defeat, he worked at his law firm.  To read the full story, click on the above link from

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