Cuomo, Mario Matthew

Cuomo, Mario Matthew

(kwō`mō), 1932–2014, American politician, b. New York City. The son of an immigrant grocer, Cuomo attended St. John's Univ., was admitted to the New York bar in 1956, and attracted attention after successfully mediating (1972) a local housing dispute. A Democrat, he was New York's secretary of state (1975–79) and lieutenant governor (1979–83). As governor (1983–95), he supported innovations in social service programs, worked to improve the state's infrastructure and environment, vetoed bills restoring capital punishment, and fought to control a budget that supported high-wage public sector jobs. Cuomo was defeated by Republican George PatakiPataki, George Elmer
, 1945–, U.S. politician, b. Peekskill, N.Y. He graduated from Yale Univ. (1967) and Columbia Law School (1970). A Republican, Pataki served as mayor of Peekskill (1981–84) and in the New York assembly (1985–92) and senate (1992–94).
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 in the 1994 election. His Diaries of Mario M. Cuomo (1984) concerns his gubernatorial race and Reason to Believe (1995) his thoughts on the state of the country. He is also the author of Why Lincoln Matters (2004). Andrew M. CuomoCuomo, Andrew Mark
, 1957–, American politician, b. Queens, N.Y., grad. Fordham Univ. (1979), Albany Law School (1982). The son of Mario Cuomo, he was (1982) a key operative on his father's campaign staff and later a policy adviser to Gov. Cuomo.
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 is his son.
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