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Mario Cuomo    

52nd Governor of New York State

Known as an intellectual, passionate and challenging force for social responsibility and diversity, Governor Mario Cuomo reminds us of our collective American legacy. The Boston Globe deemed Governor Cuomo's recent speech at Harvard's Kennedy School a "masterpiece" and named him "the nation's most gifted philosopher-politician."

Mario M. Cuomo is the longest serving Democratic Governor of New York in modern history.

He twice set New York records for highest popular vote ever achieved in a state-wide election.

The New York Times called his tenure one of the most celebrated governorships in history.

The conservative National Review spoke of him as follows: "Mario Cuomo has for years been hailed as both the philosopher-king and the humble 'conscience' of the Democratic Party, a formidable, saintly genius of liberalism. Since his efflorescence at the 1984 Democratic convention, even many conservatives have accorded this, their archenemy, a certain respect."

He served the State through two national recessions and twelve years of federal policies that cut back on federal aid to New York and other states.

Nevertheless, Governor Cuomo balanced twelve budgets; reduced New York's largest tax, the income tax, by more than twenty percent; rebuilt much of the State's infrastructure; reduced the mortality rate on highways every year for seven years with the nation's first seat belt law and an aggressive anti-drunk driving program; created the State's first "Centers of Advanced Technology," and introduced programs like "Child Health Plus" and the "Children's Assistance Program," a reform of the New York welfare system that served as models for later federal programs now in place.

A lawyer since 1956, Governor Cuomo appointed 112 judges, including all the judges of the Court of Appeals, as well as the first and second women judges, the first black, the first Hispanic and the first woman to serve as Chief Judge.

He declined invitations to run for President of the United States and to serve on the United States' Supreme Court. In 1995 he returned to his first love, the practice of law, at Willkie Farr & Gallagher with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Paris, London, Milan and Rome.

Governor Cuomo resides in New York City.

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he State of the World

In his multi-topic, well-rounded presentations, Governor Cuomo covers all the bases -- from the state of the American economy to the current condition in Iraq. Touching upon what he believes are the greatest challenges the U.S. is facing today, he offers solutions to these challenges as well as an overview of how both major political parties are dealing with them. In his presentation he will specifically tackle the following questions: The Economy: Expectations for the short and long term; the greatest challenges the U.S. faces today and how we should address them; thoughts on the war on Islamo-Facism and what's happening in Israel and the Middle East today. Governor Cuomo beautifully tailors his presentations to his various audiences, whether it is a Fortune 500 company or a local community group. He can present a question and answer dialogue format, or in a speech format, as preferred by the hosts.

Where America Stands and Where We Are Heading

Governor Cuomo shares his impassioned perspective on the role and responsibilities of government in American life and the global community.

The Leadership We Need

Using history and prominent individuals as examples, Governor Cuomo shares his vision for American leadership.

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