Jan 6, 2015 10:52 AM

Dignitaries begin arriving for ex-Gov. Mario Cuomo's funeral

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Dignitaries from both sides of the political aisle are converging to pay their final respects to former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.

Former President Bill Clinton, Democratic New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos are among those who have arrived at a Manhattan church Tuesday for Cuomo's funeral.

Vice President Joe Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and actor Alan Alda paid tribute to him at Monday's wake.

The three-term Democratic governor left a progressive legacy of speaking out for the voiceless and powerless.

The 82-year-old Cuomo died Thursday, hours after his son Gov. Andrew Cuomo was inaugurated for a second term.


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