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.