Although the conversation was off-the-record, here is classic speech that Governor Cuomo delivered at Notre Dame on September 13, 1984. In many respects, it is even more prescient than the keynote offered at the 1984 Democratic Convention. It questions whether the “separation between church and state” implies a separation between religion and politics. It is thoughtful and respectful of all sides. It also underlines Governor Cuomo’s marriage between poetry and prose that marked 12 years in Albany and many more on the national stage.
Governor Cuomo’s speech
Notre Dame University September 13, 1984.
Thank you very much, Father Hesburgh, Father McBrien, all the distinguished clergy who are present, ladies and gentlemen:
I am very pleased to be at Notre Dame and I feel very much at home, frankly — not just because you have seven or eight hundred students from New York state, not just because — not just because Father McBrien’s mother’s name is Catherine Botticelli — a beautiful name — not just because Father Hesburgh is a Syracuse native, but also because of your magnificent history of great football teams. Oh, the subway — They mean a lot to us, the…great Fighting Irish. The subway alumni of New York City have always been enthralled. And for years and years all over the state, Syracuse north and south, out on Long Island, people on Saturday’s would listen to their radio and now watch their television to watch the great Fighting Irish wearing the Gallic Green. It’s marvelous. The names of your great players reverberate back from the years: Nick Buoniconti, Nick Pietrosante, Angelo Bertelli. How about Ralph Guglielmi? What a great player he is. Continue reading