Mario Cuomo, elected New York's 52nd governor in 1982 and again in 1986 and 1990, has helped define the progressive political landscape for more than a decade, beginning with his widely admired keynote address at the 1984 National Democratic Convention.
During the decade that rocked the nation with the exploding crises of crack cocaine, homelessness and AIDS, Cuomo also enhanced New York's reputation as a leader in socially progressive legislation. He created the country's most extensive drug treatment network, its largest program of housing assistance for the homeless, a nationally recognized plan for AIDS prevention and treatment and tough, but constructive new approaches to criminal justice, particularly in the area of drug-related crime.
Since leaving public office, Cuomo has returned to practicing law as a partner with the New York firm of Willke, Farr and Gallagher, where he conducts a practice in national and international corporate law. In 1997, Cuomo, along with Dr. William Bennett became co-chairmen of the Partnership for a Drug Free America.
His most recent book Reason to Believe (Simon & Schuster, 1995), discusses the challenges facing us today and points the way to workable answers, which Cuomo shared with the community during his lecture on the evening of March 21, 2000.