Matilda Raffa Cuomo met her husband Mario Cuomo in 1951 in the cafeteria at St. John's in Queens and was with him for 60 years until his death in 2015. The couple had five children together, one of whom is Andrew Cuomo, New York’s 56th governor.
Cuomo founded Mentoring USA, which works to create mentor relationships for youth ages 7-21. Between 1983 and 1995 she was First Lady of New York State. She chaired the New York State Decade of the Child initiative.
Awards and recognition
Cuomo was the recipient of the first Liberty Partnerships Program Lifetime Achievement Award for her work.
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