Mario Matthew Cuomo, 1932 - 2015

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Born: 15 June 1932, Briarwood, Queens, New York
Died: 1 January 2015, New York City

Cuomo's parents emigrated from Salerno, Italy, Mario spoke only Italian until he started school. After P.S. 50 he attended St John's Preparatory School. He stayed on for college, getting his B.A. in 1953, and then a law degree in 1956, tied for first in his class. After clerking for a New York Court of Appeals judge he went into private practice in 1958 and in 1963 started teaching law part time, again at St John's. He made his reputation in land-use cases, defending residents of mostly middle-class neighborhoods from large-scale development. After losing a three-way primary fro lieutenant governor in 1974 he was named secretary of state and expanded the office and mediating in a number of situations. He ran for mayor of New York City in 1977, losing the Democratic primary and stubbornly staying in as the Liberal Party nominee to lose the general. He ran for lieutenant governor again in 1978, when Hugh Carey chose not to run again in 1982, Cuomo stepped up and won the first of three terms as governor. He lost in 1994 and hasn't sought further public office although he has been discussed as a presidential candidate and Bill Clinton offered him a Supreme Court nomination. Since leaving office he has written two books, he continues to practice law, and is an avid fantasy baseball player.

Biography from Wikipedia and The New York Times obituary

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