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Wake for Gov. Mario Cuomo Monday; private funeral Tuesday

With the state Capitol in the background, Fred

With the state Capitol in the background, Fred Ciampi and Robert Bongiorno of the Office of General Services lower the state and American flags to half-staff at the Empire State Plaza in honor of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. Credit: AP / Mike Groll

ALBANY -- A wake for former Gov. Mario Cuomo will be held Monday in Manhattan, followed by private funeral services Tuesday.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office announced that viewing hours at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home on Madison Avenue will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.

Services at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue will be Tuesday at 11 a.m.

The announcement came as the governor made the bittersweet order to fly flags at half-staff statewide to honor his father, and as national leaders including Vice President Joe Biden and former President Jimmy Carter praised Mario Cuomo as a principled leader.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo also postponed his State of the State address, which had been slated for Wednesday, until Jan. 21.

Cuomo, 82, died Thursday from heart failure.

"Like an earlier governor of New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mario Cuomo gave passionate voice to the deepest convictions and aspirations not only of his party but of the United States of America at its best," Carter said Friday.

"I know I am far from alone in wishing he had chosen to bring his unmatched qualities to the nation's capital, whether to the White House or the chambers of the Supreme Court," said Carter, calling Cuomo "a dear friend and a constant inspiration."

"He was one of the most principled and courageous public servants I have ever known," Biden said. "Mario Cuomo was full of hope and optimism, because he believed in this country, and he believed in its people."

Mario Cuomo had opposed the death penalty even as it hurt him politically, defended abortion rights despite criticism from leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in which he was raised, and for his leadership of other liberal causes over three terms, from 1983-94.

A little-noted achievement of Cuomo's was how he earned Italian-Americans a voice and permanent place in national politics through his oratory and commitment to unabashed liberal values, said Gerald Benjamin, distinguished professor of political science at SUNY New Paltz.

"He led the Italian-American community into a long-delayed leadership role in New York and national affairs," Benjamin said.

Newspapers in Italy yesterday announced Cuomo's death in bold headlines: "È morto Mario Cuomo, primo Italo-Americano da guidare New York" (Mario Cuomo is dead, first Italian-American to lead New York).

Benjamin said Cuomo, "governed with passion and inclusiveness and defined a pragmatic liberal vision not only for our state but for his party in the national arena."

Doug Muzzio, a political scientist at Baruch College in Manhattan who worked with Cuomo on a 2008 honors seminar, recalled that the former governor touched students in the lecture hall. A photo circulated Friday by email among his former students showed Cuomo, smiling broadly, surrounded by a diverse group of students.

"Students loved him," Muzzio said. "What was supposed to be a 14-week course from 6 to 8:30 p.m. became a 15-week course from 6 to 9 -- and then he'd stay for another half-hour."

With Tom Brune

and Yancey Roy


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