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Facts About Matilda Cuomo - Andrew Cuomo's Mother and Former Fiest Lady of NY

Published Sun Jun 28 2020 By Aashika
Facts About Matilda Cuomo - Andrew Cuomo's Mother and Former Fiest Lady of NY

Matilda Cuomo is recognized as a former First Lady of New York from 1983 to 1994. Furthermore, she is also an American advocate for women and children.

She the founder of the child advocacy group Mentoring USA. In 2017, Cuomo was inducted to the National Women's Hall of Fame. 

Let's dig into some exciting facts about advocate Cuomo.

What's Her Net Worth?

Matilda Cuomo has an estimated net worth of $500 thousand which she made by her career as an advocate. In her past, she was a professional teacher. Similarly, her husband had $10 million before his death that he earned through his political career.

Married Life of Matilda Cuomo

In 1951, Matilda met her husband Mario Cuomo, the 52nd Governor of New York State (1983-1994). Their love story began at St. John University while Matilda was studying to be a teacher and Mario was educating law. According to The New York Times, the couple went on their first date to Queens establishment Larry's Bar and Grill. 

After a year, two got engaged where Mario purchased a diamond ring of $2,000. Then, not wasting any years they exchanged their vows in the mid-1950s. They have five children. The lovely couple was together for 64 years until the husband's death.

Matilda Cuomo with her husband Mario Cuomo.
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Has Five Children

A former First Lady is the proud mother of five children; two sons and three daughters. Her children are named Margaret, Maria, Madeline, Andrew, and Christopher. 

A happy family picture of Matilda Cuomo with her husband and five children.
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She gave birth to her eldest child Margaret I. Cuomo on March 29,1955. She is a radiologist, author, philanthropist, advocate, and blogger on health issues. After 9 years, she welcomed a daughter whose name is Madeline Cuomo who is co-chaired of Governor's Commission on Child Care. 

Similarly, Andrew Cuomo came into the world on December 6, 1967, who is New York's 56th governor. Her youngest son is a television personality, Christopher Cuomo (born 1970), a CNN newscaster. Daughter Maria Cuomo Cole born in the year 1987, she is an award-winning film producer of Newtown and The Invisible War.

Death of Husband 

Her husband Mario Cuomo died at the age of 82 on January 5, 2015. His cause of death was a heart attack. His funeral was held at Saint Ignatius Church in Manhattan on January 6, 2015. 

Parents and Siblings

The founder of child advocacy was born to parents Marry Raffa and Carmelo "Charles" Raffa. Her birth name is Mattia Raffa. She is the middle child of four siblings, with other brothers Frank and Sam, and younger brother Joseph and sister Nancy. 

Charitable Works

A wife of Mario Cuomo served as a Second and First Lady of New York State in the duration 1979 and 1994. She was active in advocating for women, children, and families which look after children at-risk, facilitated finding long term homes for fosters through their education and health. 

In 1984, she founded the New York State Mentoring Program intending to create opportunities for children and young adults. The state-run program served over 10,000 students and was active with Cuomo as chair until 1995. Later in 2015, she was chaired the New York State Decade of the Child initiative. 

Cuomo co-chaired the Governor's Commission on Child Care and chaired the NY Citizens Task Force on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, In 1990, she became the lead role in the UN's World Summit for Children and the USA's ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Award and Success

Maria Cuomo Cole's mother has received numerous awards for her work. In the year 1994, she was honored for her humanitarian efforts as an advocate for children by the International Fellowship Hall of Fame award. She has received awards like Lewis Avenue Alumni Legacy Award, Champion for New York's children and Families Award, and Liberty Partnership Program Lifetime Achievement Award.

Law on her name "Matilda"

On March 20, 2020, the 56th New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced a protective order for people over 70 in the state in response to the COVID- 19 outbreak. In honor of his mother, he called it "Matilda's Law" and appealed to all citizens to think of their mothers in abiding by the restrictions.

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