ALBANY, N.Y. – As this year’s session is still beginning, the state legislature took time on Tuesday to remember former Governor Mario Cuomo.
It began with the proposal of a resolution to honor the life of Mario Cuomo. But in reality, it served as an excuse for the assembly to pass around their favorite stories of the former governor who died on January 1 at the age of 82.
From the moment the chamber opened for session – and for the next couple of hours afterwards – dozens of members remembered the democrat. Some of them served in the legislature for Cuomo’s 12-year term, including downstate Democrat Sandy Galef.
She recalled Cuomo having an “encyclopedic memory” and how it played into state budget negotiations during his final years in office.
“We sat in a room with the governor and had that give-and-take on every line item in the budget,” she said. “It was incredible. And I didn’t know at the time because I was such a new legislator that this really doesn’t happen very often.”
Members also spoke highly of current Governor Andrew Cuomo’s eulogy for his father delivered at the end of Mario Cuomo’s funeral services.
The resolution to honor the former governor passed the assembly unanimously.