ADL Mourns Passing of Mario Cuomo, 'Staunch Friend to the Jewish People'

"All he represented will be sorely missed," said Abraham Foxman.

The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement honoring former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and mourning his passing on Friday, calling him "a staunch friend of the Jewish people."

"At this time when all the talk is about polarization and the need for leadership to bring us together, Mario Cuomo and all he represented will be sorely missed," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL's national director. "Few politicians could speak as eloquently to the range of ADL issues as he, whether it was support for the state of Israel, the need to take anti-Semitism seriously, the continuing struggle for equality in America, or the unique immigrant experience in this country."

Cuomo, the three-time Democratic governor of New York who turned down several invitations to seek the U.S. presidency, died at the age of 82 on Thursday, after being hospitalized on November 30 to treat a heart condition.