Mario Cuomo, the three-time governor of New York and a leading voice of the Democratic Party's liberal wing, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 82. Linda So reports.
Mario Cuomo, best known for his liberal voice, served as New York's three-term 52nd governor from 1983 to 1994. SOUNDBITE: MARIO CUOMO, SAYING: "We won because people, people and the passion of belief are still more important than money." The former governor died of natural causes on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 82. His death came on the same day his eldest son, Andrew Cuomo, was sworn in for his own second term as governor. Mario Cuomo was a favorite of the Democratic Party's liberal wing. He delivered the keynote at the 1984 Democratic Convention and rose to national prominence with his speech criticizing the policies of then President Ronald Reagan. SOUNDBITE: MARIO CUOMO, SAYING: "Maybe Mr. President if you stopped in at a shelter in chicago spoke to the homeless there maybe mr.President if you spoke to a woman denied the help she needed because you said you needed the monye for a tax break for a millionaire or a missle we could afford to use." Cuomo turned down several invitations to seek the U.S. presidency. He retired from politics after losing his fourth bid as governor in 1994. Cuomo is survived by his wife of 60 years and their five children.