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the search intensifies. new ships, new planes on the scene to find the wreckage of flight 8501. scouring the sea hoping to pick up pings from the black boxes. this as more bodies are recovered and identified. and first, the loss of the political giant. former new york governor mario cuomo dead at 82. he lived to see his son follow in his footsteps. we are looking back at his enormous accomplishments. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman.
it is friday january 2nd. up first, the passing of former governor mario cuomo. the father of the current governor and our friend cnn "new day" anchor chris cuomo. mario cuomo died of heart failure at the age of 82. he served three terms as governor of new york passing away hours after his son andrew is inaugurated for a second term. senior cuomo was a political icon in his day for a decade. he was the soul of the democratic party. best known for soaring fiery speeches. more from cnn's wolf blitzer. >> reporter: new york governor mario cuomo burst on the national political stage with the keynote address at the 1984 democratic national convention. >> we proclaim as loudly as we can the utter insanity of
nuclear proliferation and needs for nuclear freeze if only to affirm the truth that peace is better than war because life is better than death. >> reporter: it was so powerful so well delivered, that it rocketed cuomo to instant political fame. his political appearance led some faithful to wonder if cuomo wanted to be president. >> they said will you think about it. i have been thinking about it. >> are you going to think about it anymore? >> i'll try, sam, to keep it out of my mind. >> reporter: but it was that kind of indecisiveness that frustrated democrats, especially those on the liberal end and garnered his nickname hamlet on the hudson. he chose not to run for president. >> has nothing to do with my chances. has everything to do as my job as governor. i will not pursue the
presidency. >> reporter: mario matthew cuomo was born in new york city in 1932. his italian heritage helped shaped his values. after a brother minor league career he graduated top of his class from st. john's university. the allure of public service was strong. early attempts at seeking political office ended in defeat. the first success in 1978 as running mate to governor hugh carey. four years later, carey stepped aside. cuomo entered the race and won. he held the position for two more years. he emphasized lower taxes and balanced budgets and public education and affirmative action. in 1993 he passed up the chance to be appointed to the supreme
court. choosing his fourth term as governor. >> it would have been wonderful to be a supreme court justice. it was more important for me to run and win again because i could serve better as governor. >> reporter: but cuomo lost that race to george pataki. he later said after 12 years, voters were just ready for a change. the constant in his life were faith and family. cuomo was catholic married for over six decades to the love of his life matilda. they raised five children. maria. the wife of kenneth cole. andrew cuomo, followed in his father's footsteps as well as journalist and cnn anchor chris cuomo. in later years, cuomo hosted a radio show. returned to the private sector as attorney and author and continued to speak out for the party he loved and the causes he held close to his heart. asked once how he wanted to be remembered. >> one of the simple things i
wanted to achieve. i want to be governor. the hardest working there ever was. i want when it it is over i figured at four years, i want people to say there is an honest person. >> that was wolf blitzer. the obit in the times, he wanted his epithet to be simply he tried. he passed away with his family by his side. he was a champion of progressive values. he is survived by his wife five children, 14 grandchildren. >> we are thinking about all of them today. turning to the search for airasia flight 8501. bodies of 22 victims have been recovered recovered. officials pinpoint a most probable area where they expect to find the jetliner. the 2,000 square mile section of the java sea. ships with equipment are now in the search area and trying to find the flight data and cockpit
recorders as the indonesians go through the task of burying the victims. david molko is tracking the latest from indonesia for us by phone. how is the search going and how are the families going? >> reporter: christine, let's start with the search efforts. the latest a total of 22 bodies now recovered. eight of those here in surabaya. additional on ships and eight at the staging area. my colleague paula hancocks has seen the footage of the planes flying from borneo to the airport here. the ceremony by the military. also, christine, about an hour and a half ago, another sobering moment as the remains of three more passengers and crew members on board airasia flight 8501 were identified. grace herbert, kevin alexander
and haider. she was known by her family as neisa. she was a flight attendant on board airasia flight 8501. christine, i had the chance to speak to her family hours ago. i was at their hotel. they seemed in good spirits. we were looking at photos of her on her instagram account. her mother said she loved to fly. she was willing to move to the other side of indonesia for the job further away from home. never expected anything like this to happen. at this point, unfortunately, a few hours later, they got that call that said we need you to come down here and identify your daughter's remains. remains have been handed over. we believe the family is on their way home to bury their loved one. >> breaks your heart to see the
pictures of her. you say her family sounds strong and taking her home now. david, what is happening in the search zones right now? weather has been a problem the past few days. >> reporter: christine, it has been a problem, but they are able to recover human remains and debris. we are told by the search and rescue authorities that there are waves in the 10 to 12 feet range. that is not expected to get better over the weekend. now that they are focused on this 2,000 square mile priority a bit bigger than long island sound or for those on the west coast, about half the size of the los angeles metropolitan area. that has made at least some focus the effort of 90 ships and aircraft all working together out there. at this point, we are told we have done the under water listening with the underwater microphone last year with mh-370
and the towed pinger locater. we are told that is underway now. we will see what results that may yield in the days ahead. >> david, thank you so much for that reporting from surabaya this morning. thanks. it is a somber scene in western borneo. one by one, the victims of the flight flight 8501 are brought there before making the fineal trip to surabaya. family and friends are waiting in surabaya for a final good-bye. let's get more from paula hancocks hancocks. >> reporter: as you can see, preparations are underway for the search vessels to search for the debris. this is a police boat. it will have search and rescue on board. some of the divers on board. they have been out a couple of times. many of them say they could not get into the water because it was too dangerous. today, they have waves of 4
meters or 30 feet high. it is too dangerous for them to get in. one diver said he would be giving up his life if he tried to do that. they are very frustrated. they have to sit and wait and hope for a break in the weather so they can try to bring back more bodies and bring closure to the families. paula hancocks cnn, indonesia. >> the waiting is agony for the loved ones of victims of flight 8501. listen to this man explain how his mother is coping after losing aunt and mother and grandmother on the flight. >> still a mess. she couldn't think straight. all she does is cry. she just looks lost. she is motionless. whenever we talk to her, she
just stares and praying every night. i think most of our family is in this stage that we are unwell. some of us get sick. one of my brothers is hospitalized yesterday. so we just are kind of in a stage we hope everything is going to end soon. >> they hope it ends soon. bad weather is a problem. they are not having a great success of getting to the actual wreckage. search crews of the java sea with new ships, but the weather is not cooperating. let's go to ivan cabrera. >> at times you cannot see the java sea. it is covered by thunderstorm activity. amazing this time of year. storms set up here and it is difficult to get an extended period of dry weather. i don't think we will see that although saturday looks a little bit better.
i'll show you the forecast in a second. there is the area of interest of course. you can see the thunderstorms just covering the entire java sea here with torrential rain. some of the thunderstorms have produced winds in excess of 50 miles an hour. that has led to what we have been talking about. upwards of 10 to 15-foot waves. not conditions you want divers in. we have to deal with those conditions in the next few days. they will have the ships on stand by and have divers on stand by and wait for a break in the weather which will come for a few hours and then try to get some work going. you see the forecast in the next 48 hours. we will have a few breaks, i think, saturday looks drier than sunday where we have another wave of showers and heavy thunderstorms rolling through. a few brief windows, john and christine, as we head through the weekend. >> ivan cabrera, thank you for that. we will follow the latest on the flight all morning long. first, an investigation launched
into a tragic and deadly new year's eve stampede. a dramatic rescue at sea. hundreds on board strand when their crew abandons them. we will have details next. e is a s it g wouldn be great if hiring plumbers, carpenters and even piano tuners were just as simple? thanks to angie's list now it is. start shopping online from a list of top-rated providers. visit angieslist.com today.
the jetliner. a 2,000 square foot area of the java sea. now vessels with listening gear are in the area. 22 of 162 people on board the plane have been recovered. the first of many funerals has been held in indonesia. china ordered an investigation into the stampede that killed 36 people in shanghai on new year's eve. it is unclear what caused the stampede stampede. witnesses say someone tossed coupons out of a window that looked like dollar bills. there were too many people crowding the waterfront. u.s. and allies are bombarding targets in syria. 29 air strikes have been conducted since wednesday. isis extremists losing ground. kurdish forces now control 70% of the northern syrian city. president obama says he plans to use restraint this year when it comes to taking executive action.
according to the wall street journal, the white house will lean more on the republican-controlled congress. the president angered republicans by using executive authority to bypass immigration reform and normalized ties with cuba. many could see a decrease in tax refunds. those who received subsidies under obamacare could owe the irs because credits they used to offset the premiums were too large. many may have to pay the government back. people who did not have health insurance at all in 2014 will also pay. >> the fines will get bigger year after year. the idea to push people into the obamacare marketplace. it will be interesting as they iron out the wrinkles. time for an early start on money. good year for stocks. last year was great for investors.
dow rose 7.5%. nasdaq and s&p 500, look at that. another year of double digit gains. experts expect stocks to climb this year. our cnn money poll puts an average gain of 3.5%. general motors with another recall. the company is recalling 83,000 suvs and trucks for the same issue that plagued its cars. faulty ignition switches. it may move out of the start position causing the vehicle to stall. gm recalled millions of vehicles last year and agreed to compensate families. >> so far this year stocks are flat. >> so far. stocks are flat because they have not opened. barring a last-ditch move jury selection will begin pin the trial of dzhokhar tsarnaev. his lawyers used for more time to prepare for the trial. they requested a venue change
claiming an unbiassed jury will be impossible to seat in boston. a federal judge has denied both requests. in cleveland, the investigation over the deadly police shooting of 12-year-old tamir rice. officials want an outside agency for the cuyahoga county agency. the safety director wants asiden outside agency to handle all cases. 12-year-old tamir was shot less than two seconds after a patrol car arrived on the scene. wenjian liu's wake is scheduled tomorrow and funeral sunday. he and his partner were assassinated last month. killed while they sat in their patrol car. the gunman then killed himself in a subway station. happening now. the italian air force rescuing migrants on the ship in the
mediterranean. they were abandoned by smugglers. 450 people are estimated to be on board. earlier this week a ship carrying mostly 700 syrian migrants was abandoned by its crew. egypt's top court agreeing to hear from appeals on the journalists who have been jailed for a year for outlawing the brotherhood. a retrial has been ordered for peter grest and muhammad. all three men have been denied bail. secretary of state john kerry and sergei lavrov are talking. the thursday phone call to talk about the middle east and eastern ukraine. this week the united states voted against a bid by the palestinians to win back being for a u.n. resolution in a final israeli-palestinian settlement. a new study suggests most
cancer diagnosis are simply bad luck. two-thirds of the cancers analyzed were caused by chance mutations rather than lifestyle. researchers urge you to exercise and ditch cigarettes and eat healthy. college football championship match up is set. the number one team in the nation and the defending champions are both out. oregon and ohio state are in. details in the bleacher report next. >> great games.
welcome back to early start. the final two are set in college football. >> ohio state knocked off number one alabama last night in the sugar bowl. headed to the national championship game against oregon on january 12th. here is andy scholes in new orleans with the bleacher report. >> reporter: college football fans wanted a playoff for years. they finally got what they have been asking for on new year's day. the rose bowl semifinal, after beating florida state and ending the 29-game winning streak some oregon players mocked the seminoles tomahawk chop. they seem to reference jameis winston off the field issues with the sexual assault charges brought against him by a former
student. winston was never charged. the seminoles did not shake hands with the ducks after the meltdown in the second half. they turned the ball over five times and a winston fumble that rivalled the butt fumble from mark sanchez when he played for the jets. oregon cruised to a 59-20 win. >> no one likes to lose. losing is not in my vocabulary to be honest with you. we fell short today and we have to man-up and go ahead and get better every day. i just hope that we can learn from this because i ain't felt this way in a long time. >> at the sugar bowl in new orleans, it was a nail biter. falling behind early, ohio state's third string quarterback cardale jones led the buckeyes on a 28-0 run.
they were able to hold off a late charge by alabama to get the win in an instant classic. 42-35. >> the big ten is not that bad. the big ten is pretty damn good. it is getting better. >> you can see the two best teams playing for it all. it is an honor to be in there. i'm glad the playoff system is in tact. >> it is ohio state and oregon in the inaugural college football championship game. the teams have 11 days to get ready before they head to at&t field in arlington, texas. andy scholes cnn, new orleans. >> so far the playoffs are awesome. thank you. >> i was worried you would lose your voice. >> it could happen soon. 26 minutes after the hour. search intensifies for the wreckage of airasia flight 8501. new help arriving.
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the search intensifying this morning for the wreckage of airasia flight 8501. investigators scouring the sea to find the jet's black boxes to figure out with a caused the plane to crash. this as more bodies are recovered and identified. team coverage breaking down the big story ahead. new york and our own family in mourning. governor mario cuomo has died at the age of 82. we will take a look back at his greatest accomplishments and the legacy he leaves behind. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. first, new yorkers and nation mourning the death of mario cuomo. the father of the current governor and cnn anchor chris
cuomo, died at the age of 82. he passed away after his son was inaugurated for the second time. in his day, he was the soul of the democratic party. known for his speeches. let's gets more on the life of mario cuomo from cnn's wolf blitzer. >> reporter: new york governor mario cuomo burst on the political stage with the keynote address at the 1984 democratic national convention. >> we proclaim as loudly as we can the utter insanity of nuclear proliferation if only to affirm the truth that peace is better than war because life is better than death. >> reporter: it was so powerful so well delivered, that it rocketed cuomo to instant political fame. his political appearance led
some party faithful wondering if he would want to be president. >> i have been thinking about it. >> will you think about it anymore? >> i'll try, sam, to keep it out of my mind. >> reporter: but it was that kind of indecisiveness that frustrated democrats, especially those on the more liberal end and garnered cuomo the nickname hamlet on the hudson. cuomo chose not to run for president. >> has nothing to do with my chances. has everything to do with my job as governor. i cannot do both. i will not pursue the presidency. >> reporter: mario cuomo was born in 1932 in the apartment above his father's grocery store. his italian heritage shape anhis values with the law and family. he pursued a law degree after a
minor league career. the allure of public service was strong. early attempts at seeking political office ended in defeat. the first success in 1978 as running mate to governor hugh carey. four years later, carey stepped aside. cuomo stepped in and won. it is a position he held for 12 years. winning two more terms handily by emphasizing lower taxes, balanced budgets and public education and affirmative action. in 1993 he passed up the chance to be appointed to the supreme court. choosing to run for a fourth term as governor. >> it would have been wonderful to be a supreme court justice in many ways. it was more important to me to try to run and win again because i thought i could serve better as governor as supreme court justice. >> reporter: but cuomo lost that race to george pataki. he later said after 12 years, voters were ready for a change. the constant in his life faith
and family. he was catholic married for over six decades to the love of his life matilda. they raised five children. maria. she is the wife of the fashion designer kenneth cole. andrew cuomo, followed in his father's footsteps as governor of new york and journalist and cnn anchor chris cuomo. in later years, cuomo hosted a radio show. returned to the private sector as an attorney and author and continued to speak out for the party he loved and the causes he held close to his heart. asked how he wanted to be remembered. >> i want to be governor. i want to be the hardest working than ever was. i want people to say there was an honest person. >> that was wolf blitzer reporting. mario cuomo died in his manhattan home with his family by his side. president obama called him a champion and progressive values with an unflinching voice for
tolerance and dignity. he is survived by his wife and five children and 14 grandchildren. >> he would like to say, mario, you campaign in poetry and you govern in prose. what a wonderful life. 35 minutes after the hour. to the latest on the search for flight 8501. the bodies of 22 victims have been recovered as officials pinpoint a most probable area where they expect to find the jetliner. 2,000 square foot mile section of the java sea. ship was underwater listening devices are now in the search area trying to find the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from the airbus 320. as indonesians are going through the task of burying the first of the 162 victims. david molko is tracking the latest for us from surabaya indonesia. david, what is the latest on the search and how the families are coping?
>> reporter: john good afternoon from here in surabaya. it is just past 5:00 in the evening on friday here. thunderstorms rolling through. just an indication how quick the weather is to change out in the search zone. conditions equally if not more challenging. 2 to 3 meter waves making it difficult for divers to get in and out of the water. let's start here behind me. this is the family crisis center where we have been reporting from. next door the police hospital. just awe few hours ago that three additional crew and passengers on the flight 8501 were identified by authorities. i will read their names. grace herbert. kevin alexander. then kaira neisa. 22 years old. she was a flight attendant for airasia. working for them for two years. moved to surabaya because she wanted to travel and loved to fly. john i was able to meet with
her parents. her mother father and two older brothers and cousins and her boyfriend here in surabaya. we were at their hotel looking at instagram photos of her. this was a beautiful young woman who clearly was in her mother's words, living her dream. during that interview, we got a phone call. they had to come here to the crisis center to identify their daughter's remains. and a short time later, they were handed over in a solemn ceremony. we expect they will travel home tonight or tomorrow to bury their daughter. absolutely heartbreaking afternoon here john. >> so many families in that country and city where you are will have to go through that. david, what is the latest from the search zone itself? >> reporter: john 22 bodies have been recovered at this point. weather challenging, as i mentioned. the fact is they are still able to recover bodies and debris. it is a fluid situation with a
lot of numbers coming in. big international effort. the united states involved, singapore and malaysia and japan. all involved in the recovery effort to find the victim but also try to find the bulk of the aircraft wreckage. one thing they are trying to do now is try to find the black boxes. they may be with the main part of the wreckage. they may not be. they have underwater microphones or towed pinger locaters. you may remember that term from the malaysia airline search story. those are emitting a signal to find the black boxes. listening for those pings. the important thing, john is that the batteries on the pingers are rated for a month. six or seven days in that means over three weeks left for them
to find those black boxes. if they don't find the wreckage or blacks boxes by the time the batteries run out, we are a long way from that but if they don't, the task is more challenging. certainly the story here in surabaya the identification of three more victims. john. >> david molko, thanks for being there for the terrific work from surabaya. >> a grim scene in borneo where victims of flight of flight 8501 are being brought before making the final trip home. where hundreds of grieving loved ones and friends are waiting to say good-bye. let's get more from cnn's paula hancocks. >> reporter: down on the port of the west coast of borneo. preparations are underway for the search vessels to head out to try to locate some of the bodies and also of the debris. this is a police boat. it will have search and rescue on board. some of the divers will be on board as well. they have been out a couple of times. many of them say they could not
get in the water. it was simply too dangerous. today, they have waves of over 4 meters or 30-feet high. it is too dangerous for them to get in. one diver said he would be giving up his life if he tried to do that. they are frustrated but sometimes they have to sit and wait and hope for a break in the weather so they can try and bring back more bodies and bring closure to the distraught families. paula hancocks cnn, indonesia. the waiting has been sheer agony for the loved ones of flight 8501. listen to this man explain how his mother is coping after losing his aunt grandmother and several others on the flight. >> my mother is still a mess. she couldn't think straight. all she does is cry and she just looks lost.
she is motionless. whenever we talk to her, she just stares and we keep praying every night. i think most of our family is in this stage that we are unwell. some of us get sick. one of my brothers is hospitalized. we just are in a stage where we hope everything will end soon and we will know this stage of our family will end soon. >> the weather making it all that more difficult. they just can't get in that search area as much as they like to now. what does the weather hold now? let's go to ivan cabrera. >> torrential downpours continue and have continued over the last couple of days. that will be the forecast here as we continue with the very heavy monsoonal rains in this
part of the world. the wettest months across this region in december and january. this is certainly nothing unusual here. look at the downpours on top of the area of interest because of the debris being found here. this is where the three ships are. that is where the divers are standing by to try to get in. very murky waters here. very difficult as well. these thunderstorms have been producing incredible winds. anywhere from 50 to 60 miles an hour as far as the wind speed. here is the forecast in the next 48 hours. there will be a few breaks. drier weather on saturday. that is not to say that it will be come completely dry. we will have a few showers and storms around but not as wet as we will have it on sunday because by then we will have the torrential downpours continuing across the region. this is the time of year we get the monsoon rains and certainly in the next couple of days will not be different. john and christine.
officials pinpointed a most probable area of the jetliner. a 2,000 square mile section of the java sea. ships equipped with sensitive underwater listening gear are in the search zone. 22 bodies have been recovered. the president of china has ordered an investigation into the new year's eve stampede that killed 36 people in shanghai. families are searching local hospitals for loved ones. it is unclear what caused the stampede. witnesses say someone tossed coupons out a window that looked like dollar bills triggering the crash. others say too many people were on the waterfront. the u.s. and allies are bombarding isis targets in syria. meanwhile, there are significant developments in the bloody struggle for kobani. isis extremists losing ground.
kurdish forces controlling 70% of the southern syrian city on the turkish border. president obama is pulling back on executive action. the white house will lean more on the republican-controlled congress. the president used his executive authority and angered republicans on immigration reform and normalizing ties with cuba. millions of americans could be in for a surprise this tax season. decrease in the size of the tax refund. those who received subsidies under the obamacare act could owe the irs because credits they received to offset premiums were too large. many who got subsidy will have to pay the government back. people who did not have health insurance in 2014 will face a fine. time for an early start on your money. good start to 2015.
the u.s. stock futures are higher here. very good last year. very good last year for investors. dow gained 7.5%. s&p 500 climbed 11% and nasdaq up 13.4%. s&p on top of huge gains last year and the year before. according to experts polled by cnn money, the bull market still has some life left. it certainly is slowing down. they expect the s&p to gain 6% by the end of the year. solid increase. objectstacles to watch are sluggish growth. 48 minutes past the hour. michaela joins us for the latest on "new day." >> good morning, christine. we are talking on new day, a loss that hit many of us here on cnn hard. mario cuomo, former governor and standard for the democratic party, passed away new year's
day. it happened hours after andrew was inaugurated as governor. the reason it is hitting us hard is mario's son is our friend chris cuomo. we will speak with some of the folks who worked with him and knew him well. the other story we are following are the overnight developments in the search for airasia flight 8501. focusing on a 2,000 square foot mile of the java sea. they focused on that area as a place to find the wreckage. we know more bodies have been recovered. we will have the latest on the efforts to bring the bodies home and lay to rest the victims now. "new day" of course you will join us as will bermudaare john berman. boston preparing to try the man accused in the deadly marathon bombing. will last-minute legal maneuvers delay the trial? that is next.
jury selection is expected to begin monday in the trial of boston marathon bombing suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev. tsarnaev's lawyers asked for more time to prepare for the trial because of the evidence in the case. they asked for a venue change because they say an unbias jury is impossible to find. in cleveland, the
investigation over the deadly police shooting of 12-year-old tamir rice. in fact the city safety director wants an outside agency to handle all deadly use of force cases. video from the shooting last month shows tamir shot less than two seconds after a patrol car came on scene. a final good-bye to officer wenjian liu. his wake is scheduled for tomorrow. funeral on sunday. liu and his partner were assassinated last month while they sat in their patrol car. the gunman ismaaiyl brinsley, killed himself after walking into a subway station. the field is set for the national championship. ohio state erasing an early 15--point deficit to stun alabama. 42-35 in the sugar bowl. the buckeyes rushing for 235 yards and a touchdown late in
the fourth quarter to seal the win. ohio state takes on oregon in the title game on january 12th. ducks crushing florida state 59-20 in the rose bowl. oregon quarterback marcus mariota outplaying jameis winston in the battle of the heisman trophy winners. if you got a sony playstation over the holidays you may not have had a chance to enjoy it because of hackers. sony wants to make it up to you. i'll tell you how coming up next. narrator: these are the tennis shoes skater kid: whoa narrator: that got torture tested by teenagers and cried out for help. from the surprised designers. who came to the rescue with a brilliant fix male designer: i love it narrator: which created thousands of new customers for the tennis shoes that got torture tested
let's get an early start on your money this first trading day of the new year. stock futures pointing higher right now. last year was a very very good one for stocks. dow gained 7.5%. nasdaq and s&p saw double digit gains. what is in store for this year? according to experts polled by cnn money, the market bull has life left but slowing down. the s&p expected to gain 6% by the end of the year according to experts. lots of uber passengers starting with a new uber bill.
riders are posting their bills on social media. many spent over $100 for a lift. new year's eve is one of the busiest days. the company warned ahead of time of steep surge pricing. all riders have to confirm the higher price before ordering the car. big bills should not have been a surprise. sony doing damage control. hackers attacked the playstation on christmas day. sony is offering new playstation plus users a five-day extension on membership and store purchases on games and tv shows and movies. the hacker group lizard squad said it was part of a campaign for the service. new york in mourning. remembering mario cuomo. "new day" starts right now. >> life is better than death.
>> mario cuomo has died at the age of 82. >> his inspiration and legacy is what has brought the state to this point. >> we believed in the power of to achieve. >> no one like him. he could have been the president of the united states. he was that great. the first funeral for a victim of the crash of flight 8501. >> the weather unfortunately is not looking good for the next two or three days. >> praying has given way to despair. >> until we get the data recorder and the voice recorder we're still somewhat in the dark. good morning, and welcome to you. welcome to "new day," it's friday january 2nd 2015 it is 6:00 in the east i'm michaela pereira along with john berman our christine romans will join us shortly. we begin with the passing of an american giant.
legendary former new york governor mario cuomo, the father of our dear friend and colleague chris cuomo has died at the age of 82. a beacon in the democratic party. mr. cuomo died last night just hours after his son, andrew was sworn in to a second term as new york governor. >> what a life his parents came from italy with no money. they could not read or speak english. ran a grocery store. mario, you can see him right there, he was an athlete. he played minor league baseball. but it wasn't his physical strength it was his words and how he spoke them that electrified democrats. the keynote at the 1984 democratic national convention. remembered by many as one of the most powerful speeches of a generation. he liked to say you campaign in poetry you govern in prose. he knew how to do both. >> tributes are pouring in from all sides of the political world.