Mario Cuomo, a son of Italian immigrants who became an eloquent spokesman for a generation of liberal Democrats during his three terms as governor of New York but couldn't quite bring himself to run for president, has died. He was 82.
His son, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, released a statement: "The family of former Governor Mario M. Cuomo announced that the Governor passed away from natural causes due to heart failure this evening at home with his loving family at his side."
The office of the governor directed on Friday that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff in honor of the former governor.
A private wake will be held on Monday, with funeral services scheduled for Tuesday at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue.
Cuomo served three terms as governor, from 1983 to 1994. He had recently been hospitalized for a month with a heart condition.
Andrew Cuomo was inaugurated Thursday for his second term as New York Governor. Mario Cuomo's last public appearance was Nov. 4th at the victory speech for his son's re-election.
They are the only father-son governors in New York history.
Mario Cuomo is survived his wife, Matilda, 5 children and 14 grandchildren.