Mario Cuomo dies as son is sworn in; see why respect for ‘Super Mario’ transcends parties

 

Partisan politics were suspended Thursday to honor former New York governor, Mario Cuomo, who died in his Manhattan home due to heart failure, according to the office of his newly re-elected son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo .

The three-term governor was 82, and died on the same day his son was sworn in for his second term as the state’s governor.

The Queens-born son of Italian immigrants, “brought to governing the chip-on-the-shoulder attitude of an Italian immigrants’s son who had been born into the Great Depression and who had earned his way up from Queens without the help of the high-toned schools and law firms that were closed to his ancestry,” according to the New York Daily News.

Known as “the last lion of New York liberalism,” Cuomo, elected in 1982, gained respect from both sides of the aisle when he took on Ronald Reagan in a keynote speech to the 1984 Democratic National Convention.

“In this part of the city there are more poor than ever, more families in trouble, more and more people who need help but can’t find it. Even worse: There are elderly people who tremble in the basements of the houses there. And there are people who sleep in the city streets, in the gutter, where the glitter doesn’t show. There are ghettos where thousands of young people, without a job or an education, give their lives away to drug dealers every day. There is despair, Mr. President, in the faces that you don’t see, in the places that you don’t visit in your shining city.”

 

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