Mario Cuomo, 3-term New York governor and Israel supporter, dies at 82

Mario Cuomo. Credit: David Berkowitz via Wikimedia Commons.

( Mario Cuomo, a former three-term Democratic governor of New York whom Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called a strong supporter of Israel, died on Thursday at age 82.

Cuomo, the father of current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, held the gubernatorial office from 1983-1994 and visited Israel during his first year in the role.

“I remember how strongly, firmly and clearly Gov. Cuomo, Mario Cuomo, stood with Israel at the time,” Netanyahu said last summer when Andrew Cuomo visited Israel on a solidarity mission, according to The Jewish Press.

Posted on January 2, 2015 .