BY: Heather Farrell
Former New York governor, Mario Cuomo, passed away on New Year’s Day in his home in Manhattan. He died only a few hours after his son, Andrew Cuomo, was sworn in for his second term as New York governor.
Cuomo’s death is attributed to heart failure. He has a recent history with heart problems and was hospitalized for them this past November.
Both President Obama and Vice President Biden commented on Cuomo’s death, along with New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio. They all commended him on his kindness and compassion.
Cuomo served as governor of New York from 1983 to 1994. He is known for his liberal political views. Cuomo was very opposed to the death penalty and did not reinstate it while he was governor.
Another one of his notable views was on abortion. He did not believe in abortion but was pro-choice because he felt the government should not have a say in the matter.
Cuomo was Roman Catholic. The funeral was held at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, and he is buried at St. John Cemetery in Queens.