Former Gov. Mario Cuomo was remembered Thursday for his strongly held beliefs, his soaring oratory and his professionalism by lawmakers, officials and advocacy organizations from across the state.
Cuomo died at the age of 82 on Thursday, the same day his son — current Gov. Andrew Cuomo — was inaugurated for a second term.
Here’s some reaction:
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio:
Tonight, New York has lost a giant. Mario Cuomo was a man of unwavering principle who possessed a compassion for humankind without equal.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) January 2, 2015
NY Democratic Chairman (and former governor) David Paterson:
Gov. Cuomo's dedication to public service and his lifelong commitment to New York and all its residents will define his legacy.
— Gov. David Paterson (@NYGovPaterson55) January 2, 2015
State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers: “My thoughts and prayers are with the Governor and his family. Mario Cuomo was a voice for the voiceless and he stood up for those that could not stand up for themselves. He is the ideal that Democrats strive toward. New York and our Country as a whole are better places because of his leadership. He will be truly missed.”
Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County: “Mario Cuomo was Governor when I first became a member of the State Legislature, and I always had a deep and profound respect for him. With his passing, New York has lost a dedicated leader and committed public servant, and one of the great orators of our time. Mario Cuomo will be deeply missed.”
Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, Monroe County: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Governor Mario Cuomo. Governor Cuomo will be remembered by history as one of the great progressive leaders of our time. His life service will be forever remembered and his legacy will live on for many years to come.”
Sen. Charles Schumer: “From soaring oratory that stirred the very soul to painstaking coalition building to advance policies and accomplishments, he was a colossal political mind and represented the very best of public service; he leaves an indelible legacy on the state he loved. My prayers and thoughts are with the Governor, the whole Cuomo family, and all who knew and loved Mario.”
New York State United Teachers: “Mario Cuomo was a first-generation American and son of a grocer who grew to become an extraordinary figure in the history of our great state and our great nation. NYSUT mourns his passing and offers condolences to his son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the entire Cuomo family at this difficult time.”