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Mario Cuomo: A timeline

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo gestures while delivering

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo gestures while delivering the keynote address to the Democratic National Convention Monday, July 22, 1984 in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Credit: AP

June 15, 1932: Born in Queens, the son of South Jamaica grocery store owner Andrea and Immaculata Giordano Cuomo, both Italian immigrants.

1953: Graduates summa cum laude from St. John’s University.

1954: Married Matilda N. Raffa. They have five children.

1956: Graduates from St. John’s University School of Law.

1975: Appointed Secretary of State by Democratic Gov. Hugh Carey.

1977: Runs for New York mayor, but lost the Democratic primary to Ed Koch.

1978: Elected lieutenant governor with Carey.

1982: Elected governor, defeating Koch in the Democratic primary and Republican Louis Lehrman in the general election.

1984: Emerges as a national political figure with his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in San Fransisco, where he offered a defense of liberalism and rebuttal of President Ronald Reagan’s policies.

1986: Re-elected governor with 65 percent of the vote.

1990: Re-elected to a third term.

December 1991: With two chartered planes ready to take him to New Hampshire to register for the presidential primary, decides to stay in Albany and not run for president.

1994: Loses governorship to Republican state legislator George Pataki.

2012: As a private attorney, mediates a $303 million lawsuit that accused the New York Mets ownership of profiting from Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

Jan. 1, 2015: Dies in Manhattan.

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