By LOUIS FLORES
Former Governor Mario Cuomo (D-New York) passed away Wednesday evening from "natural causes due to hear failure," on the same day his son, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-New York), was sworn into office for a second term.
The elder former governor was recently released for a hospitalisation for a heart condition.
The elder former Governor Cuomo served three terms as governor. Late in life, he served as Of Counsel at the Wall Street law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.
Long lauded as an old-line, liberal Democrat, the elder Mr. Cuomo became embroiled in controversy during the 1982 race for governor over reports that his supporters distributed a hate-baiting flyer that bore the slogan, "Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo," raising questions about controversial campaign efforts by a young Andrew Cuomo to smear Ed Koch, the now-late, life-long closeted primary challenger of the elder Mr. Cuomo and a former New York City mayor.
After the younger Governor Cuomo won a difficult reëlection last November, the elder former Governor Cuomo joined him on the victory stage, making a rare joint public appearance with his son.
The death of the elder former Governor Cuomo was first reported by NY1 News.