Mario Cuomo, Former 3-Term New York Governor & Icon, Dies at 82

Mario Cuomo

The former 3-term governor of New York, Mario Cuomo, has passed away. He was considered to be a hero to many and has made a name for himself that will live on, just as his two of his sons have made names for themselves as well. His son Chris is a CNN television journalist, who has amassed a net worth of an estimated $3 million, while his other son, Andrew, is the current governor of New York, following in his father's footsteps. Cuomo's death at age 82 comes at an odd time as he passed away just six hours after his oldest son, Governor Andrew Cuomo, was formally sworn-in to a second term in office. Mario Cuomo was unable to attend because of his serious heart condition. Andrew Cuomo had stated in his address: He couldn't be here physically today ... but my father is in this room. He's in the heart and mind of every person who is here. His inspiration and his legacy and his spirit is what has brought this day to this point. The NY Daily News wrote about Mario Cuomo's accomplishments when he was in office, stating: As governor, Mario Cuomo wrestled with two recessions and presided over a massive expansion of the state prison system. A liberal, he bucked the political winds by wielding his veto pen year after year to block the restoration of the state death penalty. It was his oratory, however, that made Mario Cuomo a national figure. In July 1984, he delivered the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, a barn-burner that amounted to a rebuttal of President Ronald Reagan's stirring vision of America as a "Shining city on a hill." For years, Mario Cuomo debated running for president, but that idea never came to fruition. The NY Daily News wrote: For years Cuomo toyed with the idea of a White House run, first in 1988 and then in 1992, solidifying his nickname, Hamlet on the Hudson. He decided not to enter the '92 campaign at the last minute - and a plane that was to whisk the necessary paperwork to New Hampshire was left idling on an Albany runway. Throughout his career, Cuomo has written many inspirational books, which you can view and purchase by clicking here. Cuomo is survived by his wife, five children and fourteen grandchildren. Cuomo and wife Matilda Raffa had been married for over 60 years, according to reports. Click here for all the facts on Cuomo's wife Matilda. Click through to see some of the best photos of Mario Cuomo through the years. (Getty)