The Forum Remembers Mario Cuomo

The Forum is deeply saddened to learn that Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York and a great friend of the Forum, passed away yesterday at his home in Manhattan.¬†Cuomo enjoyed a decorated career in New York politics, serving as a three-term governor from 1983 to 1994. He remained a major figure in the Democratic party, a leader for Italian-Americans nationwide, and a champion of progressive politics thereafter. He will be remembered as a model public servant and a New York icon. He was 82. Cuomo was an extraordinarily popular political figure throughout his three gubernatorial terms, boldly endorsing a platform of “progressive pragmatism” during the Reagan era. He promoted sweeping social reforms while simultaneously balancing the state budget. His “Rebuild NY” campaign sought¬†statewide improvements in transportation and infrastructure. The first African-American, Hispanic, and female judges of the New York Court of Appeals were appointed while he was in office.