Author Steve Villano’s remarkable new book is Tightrope: Balancing A Life Between Mario Cuomo And My Brother (Heliotrope Books 2017), the true story of his life as an aide to the late New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo and the sibling of a longtime Genovese crime family associate sent to prison for tax evasion. The […]
As an Italian-American and a former staff member for Mario Cuomo, I been wrestling with how best to express my outrage over the fact that if Donald Trump’s name contained six vowels—like say, Mario Cuomo’s—his presidential candidacy would be swimming with the fishes.
When I met Mario Cuomo in the summer of 1978, he was already a celebrated public figure, if not yet a political powerhouse. We were at the Democratic state convention in Albany, where I was reporting for the Village Voice, and he was pondering an offer from New York governor Hugh Carey, then seeking re-election, to […]