Mario Cuomo, the liberal blowhard who served as a three-term governor in New York from 1983 to 1994, died on New Year's Day.
Mario Cuomo was a Mafia denier, and his administration did little to target the crime families. Indeed, he once infamously said that the Mafia's existence is "a lot of baloney" and it's just "a word invented by people" as reported by The Associated Press.
When Gambino boss Paul Castellano was executed in 1985 in front of Sparks Steak House in Manhattan the governor even "urged reporters to refrain from invoking the word Mafia in reference to the hit" as reported by Sam Roberts for The New York Times. Cuomo then criticized the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York for refusing to bury Castellano in sacred ground as reported by Crime TV.
Cuomo once had presidential ambitions but abandoned them due to speculation about mob connections -- particularly involving father-in-law Charles Raffa who suffered a near-fatal beatdown in 1984 outside a vacant supermarket he owned in Brooklyn -- as reported by Nick Pileggi in a November 1987 cover story "Mario Cuomo and Those Mob Rumors" for New York magazine.
No doubt there will be a media rush for Mario Cuomo's FBI files under the Freedom of Information Act now that he's dead.
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