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The Life and Times of Mario Cuomo

Mario Cuomo, the three-term Democratic governor of New York, in 1995. Cuomo, who commanded the attention of the country with a compelling public presence and a forceful defense of liberalism, died at home in Manhattan on Jan. 1, 2015. He was 82.

In this Sept. 16, 1977 file photo, Democratic Mayoral runoff candidates Mario Cuomo, left, and Edward Koch talk to reporters in New York during the taping of their debate for NBC-TV's "Positively Black" show.

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Mario Cuomo, center, then a candidate for mayor, with his family in New York, Sept. 13, 1977. He was 82. From left: Madeline, 13; Margaret, 22; Christopher, 7; Maria, 15; Mario and wife Matilda, and Andrew, 19.

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Mario Cuomo faces reporters at his campaign headquarters in New York City, Monday night, Sept. 20, 1977, as he concedes that he has lost the Democratic primary runoff for New York City mayor to Ed Koch. At right is Cuomo's wife Matilda, at left is his daughter Madeline.

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Gov. Hugh Carey, right, and Secretary of State Mario Cuomo campaign at a street festival in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, in New York, July 9, 1978.

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During a meeting at his Manhattan office on Jan. 9, 1983, New York Governor Mario Cuomo, right, discusses the hostage situation at Ossining Correctional Facility with, from left: Lawrence Kurlander, director of criminal justice, Andrew Cuomo, special assistant to the governor, and Tim Russert, counselor to the governor. Prisoners took fifteen guards hostage at the correctional facility Ossining, New York, 30 miles north of New York City.

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In this July 17, 1984, file photo, New York Gov. Mario Cuomo gives a thumbs-up gesture with both hands during his keynote address to the opening session of the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco.

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Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro and New York Gov. Mario Cuomo wave while marching in New York’s Columbus Day parade on Monday, Oct. 9, 1984. Also marching are Sen. Patrick Moynihan, left, with hat, Mayor Ed Koch, arms in air, and Walter Mondale.

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New York Gov. Mario Cuomo points at a reporter at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. during a press conference with Rev, Jess Jackson, left, April 13, 1988. Cuomo said he still would not endorse a candidate for president.

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New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, appearing on a live call-in radio show in New York, Nov. 14, 1991, said that he won't be able to make a decision on his presidential candidacy until he solves problems with the state budget.

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New York Gov. Mario Cuomo nominating Gov. Bill Clinton for Ppresident during the 1992 Democratic Convention in Madison Square Garden, New York, July 15, 1992.

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President Clinton, flanked by Govs. Ann Richards of Texas and Mario Cuomo of New York, watches the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills Super Bowl with his daughter, Chelsea and her cat, Socks, in the family theater Sunday, January 31, 1993, at the White House.

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From a campaign bus, Gov. Mario Cuomo of New York shakes hands with supporters, Oct. 30, 1994.

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New York Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo celebrates with his father former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and mother Matilda Cuomo at the Sheraton New York on election night, November 2, 2010 in New York City. Cuomo resoundingly defeated his Tea Party-backed opponent, Republican candidate Carl Paladino.

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Mario Cuomo, the three-term Democratic governor of New York, in 1995. Cuomo, who commanded the attention of the country with a compelling public presence and a forceful defense of liberalism, died at home in Manhattan on Jan. 1, 2015. He was 82.

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