NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – It was in 1984 when Diane Dimond met then-Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro.

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The political reporter was assigned to cover Ferraro’s campaign and the politician made a lasting mark on Dimond.

“She was a politician but she was also a friend. This is a woman who when I moved to New York, she took me aside and told me all the catholic schools my child should go to in New York. She was a politician, but she was also a good human being,” Dimond said.

Ferraro passed away on Saturday at age 75 after a long battle with a type of blood cancer called multiple myeloma.

Dimond said she was honored to have met the former New York Congresswoman and had tears in her eyes as she talked about Ferraro’s passing.

“Oh I am all choked up. I’m sorry to see her go. I am just so glad she lived as long as she did. She was a feisty independent woman,” Dimond said.

Dimond said she was impressed by Ferraro’s strength and her love for her family.

“She always has an empathy for everyone,” Dimond said. “If there was one person not ready to go, she wouldn’t dash away. She would wait for them.”

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