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Andrew Mark Cuomo. Photo: CNN.

Who is Andrew Mark Cuomo?

Andrew Cuomo was born on December 6, 1957, in New York City, New York, USA as Andrew Mark Cuomo. He is an American politician, author, and lawyer serving as the 56th governor of New York since 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to the same position his late father, Mario Cuomo, held for three terms, as reported in imdb.com.

Early life and education of Andrew Mark Cuomo

Born in the Queens borough of New York City, he was the elder son born to a lawyer and later governor of New York, Mario Cuomo and Matilda (née Raffa). According to the peopleill.com, his parents were both of Italian descent; his paternal grandparents were from Nocera Inferiore and Tramonti in southern Italy, while his maternal grandparents were from Sicily (his grandfather from Messina). His younger brother, Chris Cuomo, is a CNN journalist.

He graduated from St. Gerard Majella's School in 1971 and Archbishop Molloy High School in 1975. He received a B.A. from Fordham University in 1979, and a J.D. from Albany Law School in 1982.

The career of Andrew Mark Cuomo

During his father's 1982 campaign for Governor, Cuomo was campaign manager, and then joined the governor's staff as one of his father's policy advisors and sometime-Albany roommate, earning $1 a year.

From 1984 to 1985, Cuomo was a New York assistant district attorney and briefly worked at the law firm of Blutrich, Falcone & Miller. He founded Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP) in 1986 and left his law firm to run HELP full-time in 1988. From 1990 to 1993, during the administration of New York City mayor, David Dinkins, Cuomo was chair of the New York City Homeless Commission, which was charged with developing policies to address the homeless issue in the city and developing more housing options.

Governor of New York

Elections 2010

During many years ago, he had gained lots of achievements. On September 18, 2009, advisors to President Barack Obama informed Governor David Paterson that the president believed he should withdraw his 2010 gubernatorial candidacy, stepping aside for "popular Attorney General Andrew Cuomo."

On January 23, 2010, the New York Daily News reported that Cuomo would announce plans for a gubernatorial campaign at the end of March. Later reports indicated Cuomo would announce his gubernatorial campaign coinciding with the state Democratic Convention in late May.

On May 22, 2010, Cuomo announced his run for governor in a video posted to his campaign website. Cuomo announced his choice for lieutenant governor on May 26, 2010: Mayor of Rochester, Robert Duffy.

In the November 2, 2010, general election, Cuomo faced Republican Carl Paladino, a Buffalo-based businessman who had been heavily supported by the Tea Party movement. Cuomo won the election for governor by a landslide, winning 62.6% of the vote.


Cuomo sought reelection in 2014, with former U.S. Representative Kathy Hochul as his new running mate. On March 5, 2014, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced that he would run on the Republican ticket against Cuomo for governor. Law professors Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu challenged the Cuomo–Hochul ticket in the Democratic primary election—capturing 34% of the vote on the gubernatorial line (Wu drew 40.1% as lieutenant governor). On November 4, 2014, Cuomo was re-elected for a second term with 54% of the vote, while Astorino received 40.6% of the vote.


Cuomo was challenged in the primary from the left by actress-and-activist Cynthia Nixon. She criticized him as having failed to fix the New York City Subway following his declaration of the 2017 New York City transit crisis, as well as his failure to protect undocumented immigrants, legalize recreational marijuana, or create a single-payer healthcare system.

When debating Nixon, Cuomo countered her argument on the subways by pointing out that the system is owned by New York City, though past administrations agree it is the governor's role. An analysis conducted by New York City comptroller Scott Stringer revealed that New York City pays for 70 per cent of subway repair costs. Cuomo defeated Nixon, 65.53%-34.47%.

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Andrew Mark Cuomo and his family. Photo: Businessinsider.


Was U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton (1997-2001).

Brother-in-law of fashion designer Kenneth Cole.

Brother of ABC news anchor Chris Cuomo, Margaret Cuomo, Maria Cuomo Cole and Madeline Cuomo.

Daughters: Cara, Mariah (twins born January 11, 1995), Michaela Andrea (born August 26, 1997).

Former son-in-law of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy.

Living with Sandra Lee & his daughters in Westchester County, New York.

Attended the lavish wedding of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at Donald Trump's National Golf Club in Bedminster (NJ) (25 October 2009).

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