DMH Spotlight Mario Cuomo, Father Drinan and James Brown depart Back

Mario Cuomo photographed by Diana Mara Henry in 1982 at his victory party

after winning his first election for governor of NY State.

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Mario Matthew Cuomo (June 15, 1932 – January 1, 2015) was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. He served as the 52nd Governor of New York for three terms, from 1983 to 1994,[1][2] Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1979 to 1982;[1][2] and Secretary of State of New York from 1975 to 1978.[1][2]

NY Stae Governor Cuomo was known for his liberal views and public speeches, particularly his keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention[1] where he criticized Ronald Reagan's policies.[1] The speech brought him to national attention, and he was widely considered a front-runner for the Democratic nomination for President in both 1988 and 1992, but he declined to seek the nomination in both instances. His legacy as a reluctant standard-bearer for the Democrats in presidential elections led to him being dubbed "Hamlet on the Hudson".[3][4]

Cuomo was defeated for a fourth term as Governor by George Pataki in the Republican Revolution of 1994, and he subsequently retired from politics. He was the father of five, including Andrew Cuomo, the current Governor of New York, and journalist Chris Cuomo, currently at CNN.[1][2]

He died of natural causes due to heart failure in Manhattan, New York City on New Year's Day, 2015.


Father Drinan photographed by Diana Mara Henry Please email us for permission to reproduce these photographs.


Father Robert Drinan died January 28, 2007.He served in Congress from 1971 to 1981. Here he is seen visiting the office of newly Elected Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman in 1973 and at the Democratic National Convention, Miami Beach, 1972. Drinan is the author of a book entitled Honor the Promise: America's Comitment to Israel. "A passionate pro-Zionist essay by the Massachusetts Congressman and Catholic priest. Father Drinan argues that anti-Semitism has been transformed in the Third World and the United Nations into anti-Zionism." Foreign Affairs, January 1978

James Brown, "The Godfather of Soul" died December 25, 2006. Here he is seen entertaining the inmates at Riker's Island house of detention, NYC, c.1980.

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