The 56th Governor of New York State
Andrew M. Cuomo
Throughout his time as Governor, Andrew Cuomo has been working to make communities across the state stronger and safer for all New Yorkers. This includes restoring New York’s reputation as the progressive capital of the nation – with groundbreaking accomplishments like passing marriage equality, enacting the strongest gun safety laws in the nation, implementing comprehensive policies to combat sexual violence on college campuses, and announcing a plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020. The Governor is also supporting working families and individuals through efforts that include fighting to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and enact a robust paid family leave policy.
Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, state education aid has increased by 20 percent over four years to its highest level ever - $23.5 billion in 2014. Major infrastructure projects such as the long-stalled Tappan Zee Bridge replacement and the much-needed redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport are moving forward, and the Governor’s administration has invested nearly $4 billion through the Regional Council and Upstate Revitalization initiatives to jumpstart the economy and support local priorities for development. Since the Governor took office, the unemployment rate has declined in every region of the state, and New York now has more private sector jobs than at any point in state history.
Governor Cuomo has also restored fiscal discipline to state government – which has enabled major investments in New York’s future. Governor Cuomo closed a $10 billion deficit in his first budget, and state spending has grown by less than 2% each year since he took office. The state also enacted its first ever property tax cap to keep communities affordable for homeowners, renters and businesses, and every New Yorker now pays a lower tax rate than they did before the Governor took office.
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Before becoming Governor
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. 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.
Serving as Secretary of the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development
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.
As secretary, Cuomo made fighting racial discrimination a key focus and brought 2,000 anti-discrimination cases all across the country.
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.
Early Career and Education
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.