Matilda Cuomo

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Matilda Cuomo is the widow of the Mario Cuomo, former Governor of New York. She was inducted to the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Matilda Raffa Cuomo met her husband Mario Cuomo in 1951[2] in the cafeteria at St. John's in Queens[3] and was with him for 60 years until his death in 2015.[4] The couple had five children together,[5] one of whom is Andrew Cuomo, New York’s 56th governor.[6]

Notable achievements[edit]

Cuomo founded Mentoring USA, which works to create mentor relationships for youth ages 7-21.[7] 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[edit]

Cuomo was the recipient of the first Liberty Partnerships Program Lifetime Achievement Award for her work.[8]


  1. ^ Grondahl, Paul. "Matilda Cuomo thrilled by National Women's Hall of Fame induction". Times Union. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  2. ^ Blauner, Peter. "From the Archives: Mario Cuomo's All-Star Family Feud". NYMag. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  3. ^ Sack, Kevin. "AT HOME WITH Matilda Raffa Cuomo; Working to Renew the Lease". New York Times. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Matilda Cuomo: Former NY Governor Mario Cuomo's Wife". Daily Entertainment News. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  5. ^ Evans, Heidi. "'One of the great love stories': Matilda and Mario Cuomo's long life together". NY Daily News. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  6. ^ Johansson, Scarlett. "Andrew Cuomo U.S. Governor, Government Official, Lawyer(1957–)". Biography. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  7. ^ "OUr Founder: Matilda Raffa Cuomo". Mentoring USA. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  8. ^ Burman, Jonathan. "Matilda Raffa Cuomo To Receive First Liberty Partnerships Program Lifetime Achievement Award". NYSED. Retrieved 22 November 2017.