Albany, N.Y. (AP) - When there are two generations of governors in a family, what does a son give his father as an 80th birthday gift? An official portrait - one that's years overdue.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, with his portrait on Saturday.
The elder Cuomo turned 80 this month. His likeness has long been notably absent from the State Capitol's Hall of Governors.
He served as governor from 1983 to 1994. He told The New York Times
in 2008 he didn't have the patience to sit for a portrait. Nor did he sit for one now.
The picture was painted by Simmie Knox, whose works include the official White House portrait of former President Bill Clinton. Knox based the portrait on a 1989 photograph of Mario Cuomo.
The current governor's office says the portrait was commissioned by Mario Cuomo's friends.