“Mario Cuomo was a legendary Governor who served as a trailblazer and inspiration to all New Yorkers. As New York State’s 52nd Governor, Mario Cuomo overhauled New York’s aging infrastructure, strengthened our state’s public health programs and led the nation in enacting the country’s first seat belt laws. Mario Cuomo was a remarkable man and a gifted speaker whose renowned speeches and countless contributions to New York will leave a lasting legacy throughout our great state.

I extend my deepest condolences to Mario Cuomo’s beloved wife Matilda and Governor Andrew Cuomo who just this morning touchingly discussed reviewing his inauguration speech with his father. Mario Cuomo’s place in New York and in United States history is secure as a fearless advocate for the State he loved and all New Yorkers will dearly miss him.”