NY state governor: Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo was born in New York City in 1957 to parents Matilda Raffa Cuomo and Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in 1975 and Fordham University in 1979. He went on to attend Albany Law School, where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1982.
Cuomo practiced law for a brief time in Manhattan after managing his father’s campaign for New York State governor. In 1986, he established HELP, or Housing Enterprise for Less Privileged, which according to his website has been “one of the nation’s largest builders and operators of transitional and low income housing.”
Cuomo became an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1993 and took over as HUD secretary in 1997. In 2002, he ran for attorney general in New York but did not accomplish this goal until 2006.
In 2010, Andrew Cuomo became the 56th governor of New York State. He has focused on reestablishing New York as the progressive leader of the nation. Topics like LGBQ rights, women’s rights, and economic improvement have been aggressively pushed to the forefront. Some of his notable legislative actions include, “passing marriage equality, a $15 statewide minimum wage, and 12 weeks of paid family leave.” Strong gun safety laws, drug reform, and a major increase in educational state aid were also passed.
Yet, government spending was decreased. His website says, “New Yorkers are now paying the lowest middle class income tax rate since 1953.” In addition, Cuomo passed a controversial environmental conservation law, banning hydrolic fracking in the state. Infrastructure was another major investment for the state.
440,000 private sector jobs have been created over the past three years due to Cuomo’s tax reduction to spur job growth. Cuomo’s website states that New York has “the second highest net job growth of any state in the nation since the recession.”