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 FoxNews.com.