Andrew Cuomo is the current governor of New York to be exact he is 56th governor New York has ever had. Born in New York City on Dec. 6, 1957, Cuomo grew up as the son of the Italian immigrants. His father also served as the state governor of New York. Cuomo currently has three daughters. After graduating from Archbishop Molloy High School he received a bachelor degree for Fordham University and then continued his education at the University at Albany Law School.
Cuomo first practiced as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. He briefly worked at a law firm before founding a not-for-profit organization, Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged or HELP. He later served as the chairman of Mayor David Dinkins’ New York City Homeless Commission.
Prior to his role of the governor he served as the secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from 1997 to 2001 under former President Bill Clinton. Cuomo began his first push for governor in 2002, but withdrew from the race because of the comments he made about former Governor George Pataki’s leadership after the terrorists attacks in 2001. He ran for the position of attorney general in New York in 2006.
Winning the election in 2010 as governor, Cuomo has been working to make communities in New York stronger and safer. While in office he has accomplished passing a bill on marriage equality, a $15 statewide minimum wage and 12 weeks of paid family leave. He has been known for focusing on the LGBT rights, women's rights and economic improvement. He also took a stance on the controversial issue of legalizing medical marijuana in New York.
Cuomo takes a strong stance on welfare and poverty in New York. He believes in creating a Foreclosure Relief Unit to keep people in homes and to make it easier for citizens to receive food stamps. He also wants to increase the budget for increasing homeless services to up to $20 billion.