on the occasion
April 5, 2012
New York City
“Maestro … another distinguished member of your tribe (also with a considerable number of vowels in his name) Mario Cuomo, who himself will soon reach the milestone you have achieved this day, once said he prays for “sureness.”
Well, I’m not sure of too many things in my own already long life. But of this I’m very sure: You … are … a … great man.
You have been a class act in every season of your life and we have repaired to your tables and to your care and keeping in every season of ours.
So keep going, Sirio … because we could not imagine New York – or our own drab lives – without you to paint color and style in all of it.
And so we congratulate you on this – the 80th Anniversary of your Natal Day.
And just one other thing: we love you.
All of us …”