ALBANY, N.Y. January 1, 2015 -- New York State United Teachers issued the following statement today on the passing of former Gov. Mario Cuomo:
"Mario Cuomo was a first-generation American and son of a grocer who grew to become an extraordinary figure in the history of our great state and our great nation. NYSUT mourns his passing and offers condolences to his wife, Matilda, his son, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and the entire Cuomo family at this difficult time."
New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.