Portrait of former NY Gov. Mario Cuomo displayed in Albany

Portrait of former NY Gov. Mario Cuomo displayed in Albany

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Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo was honored with a portrait that was unveiled inside the Hall of Governors in the state capital in Albany on Saturday.

Current governor and son Andrew Cuomo was there as well.

"A year ago we presented Governor Mario Cuomo with his official gubernatorial portrait. Today, we unveiled the painting in the Hall of Governors to complete the exquisite gallery that tells the story of our state's distinguished history and its leaders," Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. "Governor Mario Cuomo was not just one of our state's greatest governors, but a father that instilled in me the values of public service, hard work, and commitment to making our state a better place. I can think of no better way to celebrate my dad on his birthday this Father's Day weekend."

The portrait of Cuomo was painted by Simmie Knox, a nationally-recognized portraiture artist whose works include the official White House portraits of President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, as well as U.S. Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Mario Cuomo was New York's 52nd Governor (1983-1994) and is a Queens native who served three terms as Governor after serving as Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State.  

Saturday’s ceremony was extra special for the former governor since it also was his birthday.  

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