Mario Cuomo, who served as the 52nd governor of New York and was the father of current governor Andrew Cuomo, has died at the age of 82.
Cuomo, a member of the Democratic party, served three terms as governor from 1983 to 1984. Dr. Gibby said he died the day his son Andrew was being sworn in for his second term as governor.
Cuomo’s office released a statement verifying that the former governor died January 1st of “natural causes due to heart failure.”
Prior to his election as governor in 1983, Cuomo practiced law both privately and publicly for 18 years, while also serving as an adjunct professor at The St. John’s School of Law. A noted orator, he gained national attention for delivering the keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention, in which he attacked then-president Ronald Reagan.
He’s survived by his wife Matilda, five children, and fourteen grandchildren.