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Matilda Cuomo
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    (September 16, 1931- )
    Born in New York City, New York
    Birth name is Mattia Raffa
    Matriarch of the Cuomo family
    Married Mario Cuomo in 1954
    First Lady of New York (1983-94)
    Second Lady of New York (1979-82)
    Mother of Andrew and Chris Cuomo
    Advocated causes for women, children, and families as New York's First Lady
    Founder of the child advocacy group Mentoring USA
    Published 'The Person Who Changed My Life: Prominent Americans Recall Their Mentors' (1999)
    She goes by Matilda because her name was mispronounced by her Kindergarten teachers (and she was too scared to correct them).
    She reportedly was against her husband pursuing the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1988 and 1992. He opted out both times, disappointing legions of diehard supporters.
    She seems to have facilitated a friendly, sometimes-hostile, sibling rivalry between her two celeb sons (they have repeatedly bickered on-air about whom she loves more).
    She unintentionally humiliated her son on-air after he attempted to prove Gordon Sondland's assertion that he could hear the President's voice through a phone earpiece from across the room (which President Trump disputed) by calling her.
    The stunt backfired when the other panelists on the segment proved unable to hear her from across the room except when he turned the speaker phone on.
    She was the child of Italian immigrants.
    She and her husband first met at the St. John's University cafeteria in Queens, where they had just enrolled.
    She worked as a teacher and supported her husband while he completed law school.
    She started the New York State Mentoring Program, in 1984, with the aim of creating one-on-one mentoring opportunities for kids and young adults.
    She led New York’s delegation to the UN’s World Summit for Children in 1990.
    Her marriage was called 'one of the great love stories' by the New York Daily News.
    She has frequently been brought up during Andrew Cuomo's daily Coronavirus press briefings.
    The New York protective order for senior citizens over 70 during the COVID-19 outbreak - passed on March 20, 2020 - is named in her honor (Matilda's Law).

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