I am very saddened by the loss of Governor Mario Matthew Cuomo, a dynamic leader whose words always left me inspired (and as you can see from this photo, they sometimes left me laughing hysterically).
He stood up for the underdogs his entire life, whether they were from his hometown of Queens, my hometown of Buffalo, or anywhere across the nation. His lifelong efforts to help the most vulnerable and the middle class were articulated most succinctly in his landmark “Tale of Two Cities” speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1984.
He learned the values of hard work and determination from his immigrant parents. Nowhere is that more evident than in his children’s book, The Blue Spruce, which I always read to young students whenever I visit a classroom. The following passage from the book particularly resonates as we reflect on his legendary life:
“That is how it is when you have a dream. You work and you wait, you never give up.”
Fortunately for us, he never gave up on his dream for a better America for all its citizens. Thank you, Governor Cuomo.