Statement from Chancellor Nancy Zimpher on the Passing of Mario Cuomo

January 3, 2015

"New York and the country have lost one of the great leaders of our time. Mario Cuomo's vision that government could be a vehicle to improve lives, especially for our most disadvantaged citizens, reverberates to this day at the State University of New York.

While in office he graciously accepted invitations to meet with and speak to our students, faculty, and governance groups. He hosted President Clinton at the University at Albany in 1994 and made the initial investments in what has now grown into SUNY Polytechnic Institute. ‎He kept public higher education in New York affordable and world-class.

‎My thoughts and prayers are with Governor Andrew Cuomo and the entire Cuomo family during this difficult time."

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