The bridge is named after Mario M. Cuomo, who served three terms as the 52nd Governor of New York from 1983 to 1994. He also served as New York Lieutenant Governor from 1979 to 1982 and Secretary of State of New York from 1975 to 1978.

Born in Queens in 1932, the son of Italian immigrants, Governor Cuomo was socially progressive and fiscally pragmatic, a leader who believed in the power of government to improve people’s lives.

During his tenure, Governor Cuomo balanced the state budget, dramatically lowered income tax rates and made large investments in public education, infrastructure, transportation and public safety. He was a steadfast opponent of capital punishment and vetoed death penalty bills 12 times.

Regarded as one of the nation’s most gifted orators, he gave voice nationally to issues ranging from the role of religion in public life to expanding opportunity for all.

Mario Cuomo died in 2015 at the age of 82.