QUEENS, NY —  “Former Governor Mario Cuomo was a giant of New York politics who devoted his life to public service. As governor, he used his considerable intelligence and leadership ability to advance an agenda to help all New Yorkers live better, more prosperous lives.  He was also an incredible speaker and a powerful, nationally recognized advocate of progressive ideals.  A native of Queens, Governor Cuomo was an inspiration to me and to many borough residents who entered public service in the hope of following his example and building on his legacy of achievement. I speak on behalf of the Borough of Queens in saying our deepest condolences go out to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the entire Cuomo family during this difficult time.” — Queens Borough President Melinda Katz