Here are some highlights in the career of Mario Cuomo:
Born: June 15, 1932, in Queens, New York
Graduated: St. John's University in 1953 and St. John's law school in 1956
1972: Mediates public housing dispute in Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens.
1977: Runs unsuccessfully for New York City mayor, losing to Ed Koch.
1982: Beats Koch in race for governor. Re-elected in 1986, 1990.
1984: Address to Democratic National Convention raises his national profile.
1988, 1992: Stays out of presidential race despite calls for him to run.
1994: Loses bid for fourth term to Republican George Pataki.
2014: Last appearance on election night in November, when he joined his son Andrew on stage to celebrate Andrew's re-election as governor.