Former NY Governor Mario Cuomo. Photo Credit: Fred R. Conrad, New York Times.
By Taniel Koushakjian
On New Year’s Day, politicos from across the United States and from both parties mourned the loss of former Governor of New York Mario Cuomo (D-NY). He was 82.
Mario Cuomo served three terms as the Governor of the Empire State, from 1983-1994. Armenian-Americans remember Cuomo well as a supporter of Armenian Genocide affirmation. As Governor, Mario Cuomo issued a proclamation on April 21, 1987, marking “Armenian Martyrs’ Day” on the 72nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
“Mario Cuomo was a man of principle,” stated Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny. “His commitment to his constituents, of all backgrounds, and dedication to his state and country are an example that all political leaders look up to today,” Ardouny said.
The New York Times has a good recap on the political life of Mario Cuomo here.