I am truly saddened to hear of Mario Cuomo’s passing. He was a wonderful man and an exceptional public servant, one who had a great impact, not only in New York but across the nation. He helped shape our state and was a prominent figure on the national stage for many years, influencing a generation of elected officials who followed in his footsteps. One of those people on whom he had a profound impact was his son and current New York governor, Andrew Cuomo. He and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.