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Meet Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Andrew M. Cuomo, elected the 56th Governor of New York State on November 2, 2010, has a lifelong commitment to public service and the proven leadership skills to make government...

work for the people of the state.

 

Prior to his election as Governor, Andrew Cuomo served four years as New York’s Attorney General. As the state’s top legal officer, he made restoring public trust in government and protecting New York taxpayers the top priorities of his administration.

 

As Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo brought national reform to the student loan industry, uncovered fraud within the largest health insurers in the country, protected investors from abuses on Wall Street, and made the Internet safer for children nationwide. His groundbreaking investigations into the state pension system ended decades of government corruption in New York and set a model for public pension funds across the country.

 

Governor Cuomo has a long record of fighting for justice and championing government reform.

 

In 1997, Cuomo was appointed by President Clinton to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Under his leadership, HUD was transformed from a bureaucratic backwater rife with waste, fraud, and abuse to a revitalized engine for economic development and unprecedented housing opportunities. Cuomo brought dramatic reforms to make government efficient and competent while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

 

Andrew Cuomo’s work earned HUD the prestigious “Innovations in American Government Award” from the Ford Foundation and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University on three different occasions. As secretary, Cuomo made fighting racial discrimination a key focus and brought 2,000 anti-discrimination cases all across the country.

 

In addition, Cuomo established Housing Enterprise for Less Privileged (HELP) in 1986, which became the nation’s largest private provider of transitional housing for the homeless. Based on his pioneering work through HELP, Cuomo was appointed by New York City Mayor David Dinkins in 1991 to lead the New York City Commission on the Homeless.

 

Cuomo first practiced law as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. He has also worked as a partner in a New York City law firm and was of counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

 

Cuomo graduated from Fordham University in 1979 and Albany Law School in 1982.

 

He is the father of three girls, twins Mariah and Cara and his youngest Michaela.

 



Meet Lt Governor Bob Duffy

On January 1, 2011, Robert J. Duffy was inaugurated as the 76th Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York. Duffy was elected alongside Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on...

November 2, 2010.

 

Appointed by Governor Cuomo as the Chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils, Lieutenant Governor Duffy has helped implement the Administration’s economic development agenda. In this role, Duffy has focused on supporting Governor Cuomo’s efforts to rebuild New York’s economy and position the Empire State to be a global economic leader.

 

In addition to his economic development responsibilities, Governor Cuomo also named Lieutenant Governor Duffy Chair of the Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission. As Chair, Duffy is overseeing a substantial effort that seeks to make our State government more modern, accountable and efficient.

 

Lieutenant Governor Duffy also has played an instrumental role on the Governor’s Mandate Relief Council. Duffy chaired a series of statewide mandate relief hearings, which sought input from local government officials and constituents as the State seeks to reduce the statutory and regulatory burden on local governments and school districts.

 

In one of the highlights of his tenure, Lieutenant Governor Duffy presided over the historic passage of the Marriage Equality Act – one of Governor Cuomo’s signature issues – on June 24, 2011 while serving in his capacity as President of the New York State Senate.

 

In May of 2012, the Lieutenant Governor was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. This award is given annually by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). The Medal honors notable American citizens who demonstrate a life committed to community service.

 

Prior to his election as Lieutenant Governor, Duffy served as the Mayor of the City of Rochester from 2006 through 2010, where he was widely recognized for navigating the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression by reducing the cost of government, improving services, lowering tax rates, and attracting millions of dollars in private-sector investments. Prior to his service as Mayor, Duffy served as Rochester’s Chief of Police from 1998 until 2005.

 

Born in Rochester, Duffy earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and earned a Master’s degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

 

Lt. Governor Duffy was married in 1985 to his wife Barbara, and is the proud father of two daughters.