The Mario Cuomo Years

Dec 03, 2014 701

Word that former Gov. Mario Cuomo is ill with a heart condition should give every New Yorker pause for reflection. Mr. Cuomo is 82 years old, two decades removed from the end of a remarkable 12-year tenure in Albany.

For most of that time, Mario Cuomo was considered a presidential candidate in waiting, an eloquent spokesman for Democrats in the Age of Reagan. Of course, he never did become a national candidate, but through force of personality, he made Albany an exciting place to be in the 1980s. And that's no small accomplishment.

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