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Overview (4)

Born in Queens, New York, USA
Died in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameMario Matthew Cuomo
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mario Cuomo was born to Andrea and Immaculata Cuomo on June 15th, 1932, in Queens, New York. He was the son of Italian immigrants. In Cuomo's early years he attended Saint John's University, summa cum laude in 1953. He then attended St. John's School of Law, and graduated tied for the top of his class in 1956. Cuomo became an advisor to Judge Adrian P. Burke that same year and then entered private practice in 1958. Cuomo also was a professor at St. John's law school throughout the sixties, and chaired the University Alumni Federation.

Cuomo was becoming a well known political figure and liberal in the state of New York about this time. In 1974 Cuomo was the Lieutenant Governor nominee on the Democratic ballot alongside Howard Samuels, but his ticket lost to the winners of the Democratic Nomination, Hugh Carey. Governor Hugh Carey was so impressed with Cuomo, Carey appointed him to Secretary of State.

In 1977 Cuomo ran for Mayor of New York, but lost in the primary to the eventual winner of the race Edward Koch. However Cuomo was elected to Lieutenant Governor in 1978. In 1982 Hugh Carey stepped down as Governor, and Cuomo won the primary over rival Ed Koch, and went on to defeat Republican Louis Lehrman. In his campaign, Cuomo's theme was the theme from Rocky, and his campaign can be detailed in the book Diaries of Mario M. Cuomo, about his rise to the Governor's office. Cuomo almost immediately became a national figure in Democratic Politics. A strong liberal who was against the death penalty, and for affective gun control, he was quite the contrast to the strong right values of Ronald Reagan.

In 1986 and 1990 Cuomo won the highest Margin ever for re-election to a second and third four year term. Cuomo became an extremely popular political figure. Cuomo made New York nationally known for progressive legislation. In his tenure Cuomo improved roads, re-vitalized education and infrastructure of New York City. Cuomo also created a large homeless assistance program, created investment in many high tech facilities, created programs to deal with AIDS and the mentally ill.

Cuomo was a devout Roman Catholic, and while he was opposed to abortion he felt the state had no right to ban it. As the decade progressed Cuomo focused attention on children's issues, and created 300,000 jobs for New Yorker's, and defied two Republican led recessions. Mario Cuomo also created the first major ethics law for public officials and gave New York the largest tax cut in the states history.

Cuomo also created the nations first seat belt law. Cuomo also appointed all of the judges to the state's court of appeals. To add to his large list of accomplishments he appointed the first African-American, Hispanic, and the First two women. Cuomo's strong progressive record made him a rallying point for liberals all across the nation. He was a favorite to run for president in 1988 and 1992. Cuomo refused to run either year. He was the Keynote Speaker at the 1984 Democratic Convention. Rumours were abound as to why he didn't run, the most notable of which was supposed ties to the Mafia, which were never confirmed. Cuomo gave the nominating speech to Bill Clinton in 1992. That year there was a movement to write him in to become president. However Mario Cuomo's strong record could not defy the Republican Revolution. Cuomo looked good for re-election in 1994. He had the endorsement of much of the Democratic top brass in the state, and a good part of the top Republicans, including the newly elected New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Critics of his campaign said that against conservative George Pataki he did not give a strong campaign, and lost narrowly to the novice former Peekskill Mayor.

Part of Pataki's victory could be attributed to the powerful Senator Alfonse D'Amato, who helped his campaign considerably. D'Amato lost heavily in 1998, but Pataki was re-elected. Since September 11th Pataki has become viewed as a strong leader. Before September 11th, his two Democratic rivals, Carl McCall, and Cuomo's son Andrew looked to have a shot at the Governor's seat. Mario Cuomo's political legacy looks to rest to a certain degree on the potential career of his son. However Cuomo will be forever remembered as a champion of progressive ideas that are still being hailed as some of the best in the nation.

Cuomo's post political career has been quite impressive too. Cuomo has written many essays and books, speaks at many functions across the country and at one point hosted a nationally syndicated talk show. Mario is married to Matilda Cuomo and had five children: Margaret, Andrew, Maria, Madeline and Christopher. He has six grand children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Scott- msa0510@mail.ecu.edu

Spouse (1)

Matilda Nancy Raffa (5 June 1954 - 1 January 2015) ( his death) ( 5 children)

Trivia (8)

Served as the elected 52nd Governor of New York for three full terms (January 1, 1983 - December 31, 1994).
Father-in-law of fashion designer Kenneth Cole.
Ex-father-in-law of Kerry Kennedy (Robert F. Kennedy's daughter), who was married to his eldest son, Andrew Cuomo from 1990-2005.
Father of former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (1997-2001) Andrew Cuomo, Margaret Cuomo, Maria Cuomo Cole, Madeline Cuomo and former ABC News reporter/anchor Chris Cuomo.
Served as the elected 69th Lieutenant Governor of New York (January 1, 1979 - December 31, 1982) during the second term of former Governor of New York Hugh Carey.
Served as the elected 58th Secretary of State of New York (January 1, 1975 - December 31, 1978).
Died on the same day that he had been inaugurated (three times) as Governor of New York, January 1 (of 1983, 1987, and 1991), which was also the same exact day that his eldest son, and successor as Governor, Andrew Cuomo, was inaugurated as Governor of New York for Andrew's second term, on January 1, 2015.
Was signed to the Major League Baseball Pittsburgh Pirates in 1952, using his signing bonus to pay for his wife Matilda's diamond engagement ring. He never actually made it to the "big leagues," having been injured (stuck by a pitch in the back of his head) while in the Pirate's minor league system.

Personal Quotes (2)

You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
[from his speech nominating Bill Clinton for the Presidency, New York City, July 15, 1992] I want to clap my hands and throw my fists in the air, cheering neighborhoods where children can be children, where they can grow up and get a chance to go to college and one day own their own home. I want to sing proud songs, happy songs, arm in arm with workers who have a real stake in their company's success - who once again have the assurance that a lifetime of hard work will make life better for their children than it had been for them.

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