Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo passed away yesterday at the age of 82 from heart failure.

Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr., who served as Cuomo's aide and press officer, remembered the three-term governor on "Fox and Friends" this morning.

"He'll be remembered as a fellow who electrified the Democratic Party, who stood in opposition to Ronald Reagan's statements about a shining city on a hill," Johnson said.

"Personally, for me, he allowed a 22-year-old young man to understand the power of government, the problems with government and the importance of public service for all Americans," he said. "So he gave me an opportunity I would not have had."

Johnson added that Cuomo might be remembered most for the things he didn't do, passing up chances to run for president and be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"I think he wanted to be remembered as a son of an immigrant, as an American who made it against all the odds, and wanted to be an inspiration to a lot of Americans who had the same background," Johnson said.

"I'll always be grateful that he was so nice to a young guy and gave him an opportunity to do a lot of things."

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