Sad news for the Empire State today.
Former New York governor Mario Cuomo has passed away on Thursday from heart failure at the age of 82.
Cuomo, who governed New York from 1983 to 1994, was a much venerated Democrat whose name topped many lists as a potential Presidential candidate for years but he never sought the nomination.
President Barack Obama honored the late governor with a statement. He said:
"He rose to be chief executive of the state he loved, a determined champion of progressive values, and an unflinching voice for tolerance, inclusiveness, fairness, dignity and opportunity. His own story taught him that as Americans, we are bound together as one people, and our country's success rests on the success of all of us, not just a fortunate few."
But Cuomo was that special politician who was respected across the aisle as well. Republican Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie said of his passing:
"He was a strong, eloquent leader who loved New York and its people. As an Italian-American, he was also a role model for future generations that anything was possible through hard work and education."
In a particularly sad turn, Cuomo missed the chance to see his son Andrew Cuomo sworn in for his second term as New York's current governor.
The younger Cuomo reportedly said during the ceremony:
"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."
So touching. Our thoughts are with the Cuomo family.
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