Mourners lined up Monday to pay their respects to the late
Dignitaries in attendance included House Minority Leader
Cuomo, 82, died in his Manhattan home Thursday evening, hours after his son, Gov.
The governor spoke publicly for the first time about his father's death Saturday, saying, "There is a hole in my heart that I fear is going to be there forever."
The two were very close, living together in Albany when Andrew attended law school.
Andrew Cuomo helped engineer Mario Cuomo's early electoral successes, coming at a time when many in New York Democratic Party circles gave him little chance in a gubernatorial primary against former New York Mayor Edward I. Koch. After he was elected governor in 1982, the elder Cuomo used to say that he kept his son's phone number on speed dial so he could consult at any time.
Andrew Cuomo put off his State of the State speech until Jan. 21 to allow time for mourning.
Mario Cuomo’s funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue and is expected to draw numerous luminaries. Former President
Mario Cuomo is probably best remembered for taking on the conservative vision of President Reagan and arguing that the poor and middle class were being ignored by policies such as trickle-down economics.