The man was a master of soaring rhetoric, and was the most eloquent and visible voice of liberalism during the Reagan years. He passes on the same day his son is sworn in for a second term as governor. He was also, in his youth, a baseball prospect, and his ruminations are featured in Ken Burns "Baseball" documentary. He flirted and teased with the notion of a presidential run, but never did it, earning him the nickname "Hamlet on the Hudson."

Liberal lions are few and far between, and he was one. RIP, Mario.