Statement on the Passing of Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo

“Mario Cuomo’s passion for justice, decency and fairness gave him an unparalleled eloquence that stirred America deeply. His leadership, authenticity and powerful advocacy reflected the strength of his character and his unshakeable commitment to the most vulnerable and to those who most needed policies and principles that reflect the best of America. He was shaped by his immigrant family’s love for our nation and gratitude for the opportunities it gave them to work hard and build a bright future, and he in turn took great pride in the wonderful family that he and his beloved Matilda raised and shaped. We have lost a rare and truly great leader.”