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Mario Cuomo releases: Statements from Gottfried, Dunlea, Heather Briccetti, Orthodox Union, Stephanie Miner, Kolb, Ortiz, Chuck Lesnick.
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January 5

STATEMENT BY ASSEMBLY MEMBER Richard N. GOTTFRIED
ON FORMER GOVERNOR MARIO M. CUOMO

Three decades ago, Mario Cuomo electrified New Yorkers and Americans with his challenge to the prevailing rhetoric and politics of that era. His concept of "the family of New York" and the way he eloquently built on that concept is an important contribution that re-shaped the way we think about the progressive agenda.

Mario Cuomo was one of the most intelligent and thoughtful public leaders New York has known. He devoted his energy and talents to shaping public policy and trying to build a stronger community in which all would have a fair shot at health care, education, and a good job.

I valued Mario as a friend and was honored when he came to speak at the celebration of my 40th anniversary in the Assembly.

We can best celebrate his life and honor his memory by thinking about his words and his work and resolving to carry them forward.

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Hunger Action Network of NYS
Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: Jan. 2, 2015
For More Info: Mark Dunlea, 518 860-3725

25th Annual People's State of the State Postponed until Tuesday Jan. 20

The Hunger Action Network said today that its postponing the 25th annual's People State of the State rally due to the funeral of former Governor Mario Cuomo. The rally had been scheduled at the Capitol for next Tuesday.

The group said that the event would likely be re-scheduled for Tuesday Jan. 20th, the day before the formal State of the State address

The anti-poverty group started their alternative rally during the tenure of Gov. Mario Cuomo to ensure that the reality of the problems of hunger, homelessness and poverty was brought to the attention of the Governor and State leaders.

The group expressed their condolences to the family of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, hailing him as a voice for compassion for the less fortunate in society. Hunger Action Network worked with the Governor to raise the state welfare grant and to start a state food policy council. Governor Mario Cuomo also provided state funds for emergency food, meals on wheels for the elderly, and to supplement the federal Women, Infants and Children program. He was also among the first Governor in the country to provide funds to community groups to help enroll residents in the SNAP and other federal nutrition programs.

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Contact: Gary Hughes
The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
518-465-7511 Ext 238
Gary.Hughes@bcnys.org

Statement from The Business Council on the death of former Governor Mario M. Cuomo

The Business Council of New York State extends heartfelt condolences to the Cuomo family on the passing of former Governor Mario M. Cuomo—a strong and eloquent leader who inspired many and influenced the course of New York State over three terms as Governor.

Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO

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Contact: Stephen Steiner January 2, 2015

Director of Public Relations
212.613.8318; steiners@ou.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ORTHODOX UNION MOURNS PASSING OF NY GOVERNOR MARIO CUOMO

The Orthodox Union mourns the passing of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Governor Cuomo, the son of immigrants from Salerno, Italy, shared the immigrant experience with many Jews of his generation, being the first of his family to speak English and receive a higher education, and, in fact, grew up side-by-side with Orthodox Jews in the Queens neighborhood in which he was raised.
Mario Cuomo was a friend of the Jewish people, and a man who served all the people of New York State as their 51st governor. He left his mark as an eloquent man of principle and courage who will long be remembered.
The Orthodox Union offers its heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Matilda Cuomo, to Governor Andrew Cuomo and his siblings and to their entire family.


The Orthodox Union, known by the OU symbol, is the world’s largest kosher certification organization. Founded in 1898, the OU and its more than 500 employees certify 914,722 products and ingredients in10,540 plants in more than 83 countries. The OU impacts the larger Jewish world through its youth and educational programs like NCSY, NCSY Alumni, JLIC (Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus), Israel Free Spirit-Taglit Birthright and others, Yachad and its disability support networks, the OU Job Board, the OU Advocacy political action arm, Community Engagement and Synagogue Services, OU Israel, the OU Press publishing division, OU.org, OUtorah.org, and Jewish Action magazine. Each and every day, countless Jewish individuals and families around the world are positively impacted by the work of the Orthodox Union.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 2, 2015
Contact: Alexander Marion
Press Secretary
315-448-8044 (o)
315-263-7968 (c)
amarion@syrgov.net
Twitter: @Syracuse1848
Fb.com/Syracuse1848

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR STEPHANIE A. MINER
ON THE PASSING OF GOVERNOR MARIO CUOMO

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner released the following statement today upon learning of the death of former New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo:

“Governor Mario Cuomo was a visionary leader who gave voice to America’s progressive movement and our entire nation is better for having him as a leader. His words moved great men and women to act and help inspire a generation of progressive Democrats. His principled stands on the moral issues of his generation demonstrated his honorable character and commitment to his values.

“I was privileged to begin my career in politics by serving as the Central New York regional representative for Governor Cuomo. Each time I had the opportunity to be in his presence, I felt that I learned something. He was tough and held everyone to high standards but he was a kind and fair leader and always willing to impart wisdom on even the youngest members of his staff.

“We will all miss Governor Cuomo greatly and remember him fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Matilda, and his children and grandchildren at this difficult time.”

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For Release: IMMEDIATELY, January 2, 2015
Contact: Michael Fraser, (518) 455-3751
Follow Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb on Twitter and find him on Facebook

STATEMENT FROM ASSEMBLY MINORITY
LEADER BRIAN M. KOLB ON THE
PASSING OF GOVERNOR MARIO CUOMO

"Deepest sympathies are extended to the Cuomo family as they mourn the passing of Governor Mario Cuomo. Their loss is felt across the state and nation, as we honor an individual whose intelligence, grace and leadership will forever be remembered.

As a three-term governor, Mario Cuomo dedicated his life to the people of this great state. His remarkable journey from humble beginnings to his place as a national political icon embodies the spirit of American achievement.

Our collective thoughts and prayers are with Governor Andrew Cuomo and his loved ones. They have lost a father and patriarch, while New York has lost a distinguished leader who brought honor to the Empire State."

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For Release: IMMEDIATELY, January 2, 2015
Contact: Michael Fraser, (518) 455-3751
Follow Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb on Twitter and find him on Facebook

STATEMENT FROM ASSEMBLY MINORITY
LEADER BRIAN M. KOLB ON THE
PASSING OF GOVERNOR MARIO CUOMO

"Deepest sympathies are extended to the Cuomo family as they mourn the passing of Governor Mario Cuomo. Their loss is felt across the state and nation, as we honor an individual whose intelligence, grace and leadership will forever be remembered.

As a three-term governor, Mario Cuomo dedicated his life to the people of this great state. His remarkable journey from humble beginnings to his place as a national political icon embodies the spirit of American achievement.

Our collective thoughts and prayers are with Governor Andrew Cuomo and his loved ones. They have lost a father and patriarch, while New York has lost a distinguished leader who brought honor to the Empire State."

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STATEMENT FROM ASSEMBLY MEMBER FELIX W. ORTIZ ON THE PASSING OF FORMER GOVERNOR MARIO M. CUOMO


Contact: Jeff Wice (202)494-7991

"New York has lost a true hero. Mario Cuomo was a governor who brought stability, leadership and vision to New York. At a time when federal officials looked backwards, Mario Cuomo looked forward so government could help people. He was always proactive, never reactive.

His 1984 Democratic Convention speech truly inspired the nation.

We have lost an icon, an inspiring speaker and a philosopher who inspired me to get run for elective office. It was my honor to campaign with him when I first ran for office in 1994.

My condolences go to his wife Matilda, sons Governor Andrew Cuomo and Christopher, daughters Maria, Margaret, Madeline and his entire family.

Rest in peace."

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January 4

Chuck Lesnick: Subject: We will miss Mario Cuomo

The Family of New York suffered a great loss on New Years Day with the passing of former Governor Mario Cuomo. He was a voice of compassion, reason and community spirit at a time when "greed was good" in so many other places in this country. Serving as his Regional Representative for Westchester, Rockland & Putnam was my first job out of law school in 1985 and he challenged us constantly to work harder to improve the lives of the people who need government the most. He set a high ethical and intellectual bar. He actually listened to our thoughts and perspectives, challenged them with appropriate Socratic dialogue, and embraced good ideas regardless of from where in the hierarchy they came. He recruited a loyal team of hard workers many of whom are my good friends to this day and some of whom still work for the in government. We were attracted to government because the Governor made each of us feel special and he recognized public service as a calling to something larger than all of us. In his 1984 speech at the Democratic Convention in San Francisco he stated: We believe in only the government we need, but we insist on all the government we need...a government that is characterized by fairness and reasonableness ....a government strong enough to use words like "love" and "compassion" and smart enough to convert our noblest aspirations into practical realities. My last conversation with the "Guv" was in August after the funeral of his friend and counsel Fabian Palamino at the same St. Ignatius Loyola Church where thousands will honor him on Tuesday, when he told me "there ought to be a word stronger than "friend" to express his relationship with his friend, mentor and colleague" whom he had just lost. This week many of us wish we had that word as we feel that we have lost a great teacher and mentor. They don't make many leaders like him anymore. Our heart goes out to his family. May his name be a blessing.

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