“Where have you gone, Mario Cuomo; Our nation turns its’ lonely eyes to you.”

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Thirty years ago this week, my son Matt Villano came with me to work on a Saturday when I accompanied my then-boss, Governor Mario Matthew Cuomo to give a speech before a scouting group. Cuomo, who was an inspiration to me, my son and many others, would often punctuate his speeches with references to the Paul Simon line of the need for heroes, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?” With the degradation of politics and the repulsive pre-pubescent, anti-immigrant political campaigns of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, it’s time for a paraphrase: “Where have you gone, Mario Cuomo; our nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you…”

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