Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo was born on December 6, 1957 in New York City to Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York and Matilda Raffa Cuomo. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in 1975 and received his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University. Governor Cuomo went on to attend Albany Law School and received his Juris Doctorate in 1982.
Upon graduating from law school, Cuomo worked on his father’s election campaign and eventually worked under him, when he was elected the 52nd governor of New York. In 1984, Cuomo began serving as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. Under President Clinton, he was elected to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and held this position for four years until 2001. Shortly after his retirement as secretary of HUD, Cuomo made his first run for governorship, but withdrew from the race over comments that he made about George Pataki, who was governor at the time. It wasn’t until after serving as attorney general under Governor Eliot Spitzer for four years, did he decide to run for office again. He won against Republican Carl Paladino, becoming the 56th governor of New York in 2010 and won reelection in 2014.
Cuomo has had quite a record while serving in all areas of office. Under his HUD leadership, in the late 90s, he helped the organization grow economically, as well as supply many housing opportunities. As secretary, fighting racial discrimination was a key issue to Cuomo. When he became attorney general, reforming the student loan industry, making the Internet safer for children and keeping the state’s pension system in check all became priority.
As governor, Cuomo has made the changes that he and the Democratic Party have deemed important. He signed into law the marriage equality bill, which would allow same-sex couples to marry in the state of New York. During his time in office, New York has enacted some of the strongest gun laws in the country and he has been fighting to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.