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METROFOCUS: Mario Cuomo, In His Own Words

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The late Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York, looks back at his childhood, his Italian family, his baseball career and his extraordinary political career in excerpts from an interview taped in October 2013 by THIRTEEN.

Governor Cuomo, who passed away on January 1 at the age of 82, served three terms as New York’s governor from 1983 to 1994. The son of Italian immigrants, Mr. Cuomo was born in Queens, New York in 1932. He was proud of his Italian heritage and graciously agreed to discuss his family and the contributions Italian-Americans have made to the city and the region. MetroFocus presents the governor’s story in his own words in extended excerpts from his hour-long interview.

Look for WNET THIRTEEN's documentary Italian-Americans of New York and New Jersey on WMHT TV in March.