Former Governor Mario Cuomo dies at age 82

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.

Former Governor Mario Cuomo, left, Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, and former First Lady Matilda Cuomo, right, in a reception before the unveiling of the official portrait of the elder Governor Cuomo.  Source :  New York State Executive Chamber/YouTube Screen Shot

Former Governor Mario Cuomo, left, Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, and former First Lady Matilda Cuomo, right, in a reception before the unveiling of the official portrait of the elder Governor Cuomo.  Source :  New York State Executive Chamber/YouTube Screen Shot

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.