Andrew Cuomo
American politician
Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Mark Cuomo is the 56th and current Governor of New York, having assumed office on January 1, 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the 64th New York State Attorney General, and was the 11th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Born in Queens, New York, he is the son of Mario Cuomo, the 52nd Governor of New York.
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Local Racist Clears Up Any Confusion About The Meaning Of 'White Lives Matter'
Huffington Post - 1 day
Residents of Lewiston, New York, were upset last week to find that someone had dropped 10 to 20 “white lives matter” fliers on properties in the area. The leaflets contained anti-immigrant messages, as well as false statistics about crime and race similar to the ones Donald Trump retweeted to his millions of followers in 2015. The controversy was a big enough deal that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) decided to weigh in, because the racist literature contradicted “all that we stand for as New Yorkers,” he said. Well, local TV station WKBW tracked down the person responsible so he could “set the record straight,” and the interview went pretty much exactly how you’d expect. “There’s been misrepresentations of what was on those flyers and why they were passed out in the area they were passed out in,” the man, Scott Lacy, told the station. Lacy went on to claim that his statistics, which appear to be copied and pasted from white supremacist sources, were factua ...
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Drug Industry Launches TV Ads Lambasting Cuomo's Pricing Plan
Wall Street Journal - 6 days
The pharmaceutical industry has begun running a $100,000 television-ad campaign in New York criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed state controls over drug prices.
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Gearing Up For Opting Out Of High-Stakes Tests
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New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), Long Island Opt Out, New York BATs, NYC Opt Out and Stronger Together, are gearing up their op-out campaign. New York State Common Core English/Language Arts tests in grades 3-8 are scheduled for March 27 through March 31. Math tests are scheduled from May 1 to May 5. The opt-out campaign wants parents to know they have the right to opt their children out of either one or both exams and that schools legally MUST provide alternative instruction. The Common Core-aligned high stakes tests supposed to measure the performance of students, teachers, and schools are a product of misguided and bipartisan federal education policy since the Bush administration. No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and ESSA were supposed to somehow help redress inadequate or discriminatory school funding in many states, including New York, where many schools condemn children, especially minority children, with inadequate educations. Instead the misguid ...
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New York governor unveils South Bronx highway rebuilding plan - 10 days
(Reuters) - New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday unveiled a $1.8 billion highway reconstruction plan in New York City's South Bronx aimed at benefiting one of the world's biggest food markets and an area once seen as a symbol of urban blight.
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Joe Biden Blasts Trump Administration For Rolling Back Trans Protections
Huffington Post - 12 days
Count former Vice President Joe Biden among those who are frustrated by President Donald Trump’s decision to roll back federal protections for the transgender students last month.  Accepting the HELP HERO Humanitarian Award in New York Thursday, Biden, 74, doubled down on his longstanding support of trans people in a passionate speech. Although he didn’t mention Trump by name, he nonetheless blasted the current administration for having “shift[ing] the focus” on LGBTQ issues in his speech, which was otherwise focused on domestic violence.  “As much great work as we’ve done, we face some real challenges ahead. We thought things were moving in the right direction,” Biden told the crowd at Manhattan’s Plaza Hotel, as seen in the video above. “But there’s a changing landscape out there, folks, and we have a hell of a lot of work to do.”  The national focus on so-called “bathroom bills” like North Carolina’s House Bill 2, Biden said, largely detracted from other, ...
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Juvenile-Justice Proposal Gains Ground in New York
Wall Street Journal - 14 days
A proposal to treat New York minors accused of crimes differently from adults is gaining steam in Albany, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeks to realize a long-sought liberal goal in state budget negotiations.
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New York Gov. Cuomo gives update on winter storm
CBS News - 15 days
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency in all of the state's 62 counties. Cuomo joins "CBS This Morning" from New York City to give an update on the blizzard.
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More Jewish Community Centers Receive Bomb Threats During Purim Holiday
Huffington Post - 16 days
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Gov. Cuomo's $1.4 Billion Proposal Focuses on Central Brooklyn
Wall Street Journal - 20 days
After infusing Buffalo with $1 billion in state funds, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is turning his attention to Brooklyn. He proposed spending $1.4 billion on wide-ranging quality-of-life projects in central Brooklyn.
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NY Governor visits Jerusalem amid anti-semitic acts in the U.S. - 24 days
While visiting Israel's Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo condemned the anti-semitism acts in the United States. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Anti-Semitic Crimes Up 94 Percent In NYC Since This Time Last Year, NYPD Says
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Jewish cemetery vandalized in New York, third case in two weeks
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The vandalism of more than a dozen headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Rochester is being investigated by a New York hate crime task force, the third known case of a Jewish cemetery desecration in the country in the last two weeks. Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he ordered the investigation at Waad Hakolel Cemetery given the wave of bomb threats that later proved hoaxes targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism at Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia and St. Louis. U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican, has condemned the threats and attacks, although he has at times also questioned whether some perpetrators might be opponents of his seeking to link his new presidency with a rise in anti-Semitism.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Andrew Cuomo
  • 2016
    Age 58
    In September 2016, a former aide and close friend of Cuomo, Joseph Percoco, was indicted as part of a bribery investigation, Todd Howe, a lobbyist and former Cuomo aide was also indicted, along with several developers who were major donors to Cuomo and other state politicians.
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    There had been media speculation about a 2016 presidential run.
    More Details Hide Details His approach was described by the press as "muscular". Tom Libous, the Republican State Senate deputy majority leader, said, in 2013, "When I share something he doesn't like, he gets very quiet. He stares at you."
  • 2015
    Age 57
    On July 4, 2015, Cuomo presided over the wedding ceremony of his long-time friend Billy Joel to his fourth wife Alexis Roderick.
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  • 2014
    Age 56
    Andrew M. Cuomo, All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life, New York: Harper, 2014.
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    In January 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the introduction of restrictive measures to make medical marijuana available to 20 designated hospitals for the treatment of cancer and glaucoma.
    More Details Hide Details Later in July, New York became the 23rd state to allow the medical use of marijuana, as the Governor signed the Compassionate Care Act, not without drawing the criticism of legalization activists, though. In July 2016, the Empire State Development Corporation, a state agency, released a report indicating that the state's flagship business tax incentive program, called START-UP NY, had generated 408 jobs since its inception in 2014. Ads promoting the program have cost at least $53 million. The START-UP NY annual report was delayed three months in 2016, leading some lawmakers, such as Assemblyman Schimminger, to call the delays "curious".
    In July 2014, it was reported that the Moreland Commission, a committee established by Cuomo to root out corruption in politics, was directed away from investigations that could be politically damaging.
    More Details Hide Details Cuomo later abruptly and controversially disbanded the Commission.
    The New York State Democratic Committee, which is headed by Cuomo, supported his remarks and reiterated them in a May 2014 statement responding to a speech by Rob Astorino, who was running against him in the 2014 gubernatorial election: "Tea Party Republicans have done enough damage in Washington, today's speech made it abundantly clear that we don't need them here in New York."
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    On November 4, 2014, Cuomo was re-elected for a second term with 54% of the vote, compared to Astorino's 40.6%.
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    On March 5, 2014, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced that he would run on the Republican ticket against Cuomo for governor.
    More Details Hide Details Law professors Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu mounted an under-financed, but spirited, challenge to 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).
    In a January 17, 2014, interview with Susan Arbetter on WCNY's The Capital Pressroom, Cuomo stated,
    More Details Hide Details Is the Republican party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party? The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that's who they are and they're the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that's not who New Yorkers are. If they're moderate Republicans like in the Senate right now, who control the Senate — moderate Republicans have a place in their state. George Pataki was governor of this state as a moderate Republican, but not what you're hearing from them on the far right.
    In January 2014, Cuomo announced the award of $700,000 in compensation monies for the village from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
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    Cuomo was elected to a second term in 2014, with 54% of the vote.
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  • 2013
    Age 55
    On July 5, 2013, Cuomo signed an amendment to the NY SAFE Act that exempts retired police officers from some of the act's ownership restrictions.
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  • 2012
    Age 54
    In an interview with The New York Times, Cuomo stated his top goal in 2012 is the reduction of public employee pensions.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, a flash flood devastated the village of Gowanda, New York, causing two deaths.
    In June 2012, the Cuomo administration said it was considering lifting a state ban on the practice of hydraulic fracturing (also known as "fracking") to stimulate the economy in upstate New York.
    More Details Hide Details But critics said that fracking in Upstate New York could contaminate the water supply of New York City, New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. Following a long-awaited study started years earlier, New York State health officials cited "significant public health risks" associated with fracking, and on December 17, 2014, the Cuomo administration announced a ban of hydraulic fracturing in New York State. On July 16, 2011, Cuomo finalized a five-year deal with the Public Employees Federation to end pay raises, implement furlough days, and require additional contributions to health insurance accounts.
    After Hurricane Sandy, Cuomo allowed New York voters, via a specific provision aimed at accommodating those displaced, to cast provisional ballots for the 2012 election anywhere in New York state.
    More Details Hide Details He also appointed a commission to examine the responses of New York utilities to damage caused by the storm. Controversy erupted when the Cuomo administration used $140 million, including $40 million of federal disaster relief funds, to pay for the broadcast of national TV ads promoting "New New York" slogans outside New York in an attempt to attract new business investment to the state. Many have been critical of the effort, including former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, who called the ads "fluff" and "a waste of taxpayer money".
  • 2011
    Age 53
    Cuomo was praised for his 2011 restructuring of the New York State tax code.
    More Details Hide Details He was also criticized for including tax increases for high earners, and for allegedly requesting a unanimous Assembly vote in favor of the proposal and threatening to campaign against Assembly members who voted "no" – a charge he denied. Cuomo also received criticism from voices on the left who felt that the tax reform was insufficient. On January 15, 2013, Cuomo signed into law the first state gun control bill to pass after the December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in neighboring Connecticut. The NY SAFE Act was described as the toughest gun control law in the United States. The act came under criticism, and the National Rifle Association called it draconian. The New York State Sheriffs' Association issued a statement supporting tougher penalties for illegal use of firearms, but criticizing several aspects of the legislation, including a magazine limit of seven rounds and a "too broad" definition of assault weapons.
    On July 25, 2011, a lawsuit was filed in the New York Supreme Court seeking an injunction against the Marriage Equality Act, alleging corruption and violations of the law in the process of passing the bill.
    More Details Hide Details The trial court initially held that the plaintiffs' case could proceed, but the decision was reversed on appeal.
    In keeping with a campaign promise, Cuomo signed same-sex marriage legislation on June 24, 2011, following an "intense public and private lobbying campaign", and later called for all states to do the same.
    More Details Hide Details Cuomo was lauded for his efforts to pass same-sex marriage legislation. One prominent advocate stated that "for gay Americans, Mr. Cuomo was "the only national politician with hero status." Following the passage of the Marriage Equality Act, Cuomo was criticized for describing the viewpoints of same-sex marriage opponents as being "anti-American."
    Cuomo took the gubernatorial oath of office at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2011, succeeding David Paterson.
    More Details Hide Details During his first year as governor, Cuomo worked to pass an on-time budget that cut spending without raising taxes, made a new deal with a large state-employee union, signed ethics reform legislation, passed a property tax cap, worked to enact a same-sex marriage bill with bipartisan support, and restructured New York's tax code.
  • 2010
    Age 52
    Despite a low voter turnout, Cuomo won easily, although his victory was smaller than his 2010 victory.
    More Details Hide Details Despite Astorino winning most of upstate New York, he was overwhelmed in New York City, like Republicans usually are in New York. Cuomo was sworn in for second term as Governor. His Lt. Governor was replaced by former U.S. Representative Kathy Hochul due to health issues.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Cuomo won the election for Governor by a landslide, winning 62.6% of the vote. Paladino performed strongly in his native Buffalo area, while Cuomo performed well in the Eastern part of the state as well as downstate. In addition to the parties fielding candidates, New York's electoral fusion laws allow parties to cross-endorse candidates. The Independence Party and Working Families Party cross-endorsed Andrew Cuomo, while the Conservative Party and Taxpayers Party cross-endorsed Carl Paladino. The Independence Party line received 146,648 votes (5.0% of Cuomo's total, and 3.2% of the statewide total) and the Working Families line received 154,853 votes (5.3% and 3.4%), with the Democratic line receiving the remaining 2,610,220 votes (89.6% and 56.5%). The Conservative line received 232,281 votes (15.0% of Paladino's total, and 5.0% of the statewide total) and the Taxpayers line received 25,821 votes (1.5% and .6%), with the Republican line receiving the remaining 1,290,082 votes (83.3% and 27.1%).
    Cuomo announced his choice for Lt. Governor on May 26, 2010: Mayor of Rochester, Robert Duffy.
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    On May 22, 2010, Cuomo announced his run for Governor in a video posted to his campaign website.
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    On January 23, 2010, the New York Daily News reported that Cuomo would announce plans for a gubernatorial campaign at the end of March.
    More Details Hide Details Later reports indicated Cuomo would announce his gubernatorial campaign coinciding with the state Democratic Convention in late May.
    A member of the Democratic Party, Cuomo was elected in 2010, holding the same position his father, Mario Cuomo, held for three terms from 1983 to 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Born in Queens, New York, Cuomo is a graduate of Fordham University and Albany Law School. Cuomo began his career working as the Campaign Manager for his father, then served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City before entering private practice. He founded Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged, and was appointed Chairman of the New York City Homeless Commission, where he served from 1990 to 1993. Cuomo joined the Clinton Administration in 1993, when he was appointed Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 to 2001.
  • 2009
    Age 51
    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."
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  • 2008
    Age 50
    On June 10, 2008, Cuomo announced that three major Internet service providers (Verizon Communications, Time Warner Cable, and Sprint) would "shut down major sources of online child pornography" by no longer hosting many Usenet groups.
    More Details Hide Details Time Warner Cable ceased offering Usenet altogether, Sprint ended access to the 18,408 newsgroups in the alt.* hierarchy, and Verizon limited its Usenet offerings to the approximately 3,000 Big 8 newsgroups. The move came after Cuomo's office located 88 different newsgroups to which child pornography had been posted. Cuomo investigated a corruption scandal, "fraudulent scheme to extract kickbacks", which involved New York investigators, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and attorneys general in dozens of states. After Hillary Clinton became President Obama's choice for U.S. Secretary of State, Governor David Paterson was charged with appointing a temporary replacement until a special election. Cuomo was seen as a leading contender for this appointment. Caroline Kennedy (also the first cousin of Cuomo's ex-wife) was another leading contender, but withdrew for personal reasons two days before Paterson was set to announce his choice, leaving Cuomo and US Representative Kirsten Gillibrand as the most likely appointees. On January 23, Paterson announced he would appoint Gillibrand to the Seat.
  • 2007
    Age 49
    In 2007, Cuomo was active in a high-profile investigation into lending practices and anti-competitive relationships between student lenders and universities.
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    On July 23, 2007, Cuomo's office admonished the Spitzer administration for ordering the State Police to keep special records of then-Senate majority leader Joseph L. Bruno's whereabouts when he traveled with police escorts in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details At the discretion of top officials of the Spitzer administration, the New York State Police created documents meant to cause political damage to Bruno. Spitzer responded by accepting responsibility and issuing an apology to Bruno.
  • 2006
    Age 48
    He won the general election against the Republican nominee, former Westchester District attorney, Jeanine Pirro on November 7, 2006, winning 58% of the vote.
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  • 2002
    Age 44
    Clinching the Democratic party nomination was considered a significant rebound following his unsuccessful and unpopular 2002 gubernatorial campaign and at the nominating convention, June O'Neill, the Democratic chairwoman of St. Lawrence County, called him "New York's own Comeback Kid."
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    Cuomo first ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details He was initially the favorite for nomination, and led in fund-raising and polls, but his campaign took serious damage after a gaffe when Cuomo said (in reference to the aftermath of the September 11 attacks) "Pataki stood behind the leader. He held the leader's coat. He was a great assistant to the leader. But he was not a leader. Cream rises to the top, and Rudy Giuliani rose to the top." His remarks were widely derided, and even his father, former governor Mario Cuomo, later admitted it was a blunder. On the eve of the state convention, Cuomo withdrew from consideration after concluding that he had little chance of support as opposed to the favored party candidate, State Comptroller Carl McCall. McCall went on to lose the general election to George Pataki. Cuomo declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for New York State Attorney General in 2006, and on May 30, 2006, captured the Democratic Party's endorsement, receiving 65% of the delegates. Though Cuomo won the endorsement, former New York City Public Advocate Mark J. Green, two-time candidate for lieutenant governor Charlie King, also earned places on the Democratic ballot. King dropped out of the race before the primary and endorsed Cuomo.
    After a failed campaign for Governor in 2002, Cuomo was elected Attorney General of New York in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2010, Cuomo announced he was running for Governor in the 2010 election. He won with 63% of the vote. During his first term, New York legalized same-sex marriage and toughened gun control.
  • 1999
    Age 41
    In a June 16, 1999, speech, Cuomo declared that one purpose of the program was to fight against HUD's abolition.
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  • 1998
    Age 40
    In 1998, Clinton-appointed HUD Inspector General Susan Gaffney testified to a Senate committee that she was the victim of "'escalating' attacks on her office by Cuomo and 'his key aides,' including cooked-up charges of racism, insubordination, malfeasance, and general dirty-dealing." In 1999, Gaffney's office concluded that "most (15 out of 19) Community Builders' goals were activities rather than actual accomplishments." and that Cuomo's initiatives "had a crippling effect on many of HUD's ongoing operations."
    More Details Hide Details According to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer the Cuomo administration is hindered by Cuomo's reputation for being "the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there".
  • 1997
    Age 39
    After the departure of Secretary Henry Cisneros at the end of Clinton's first term under the cloud of an FBI investigation, Cuomo succeeded him as Secretary of HUD in January 1997 after being unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate, serving until 2001 when Clinton's administration ended.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, Cuomo led HUD efforts to negotiate an agreement with the United States' largest handgun manufacturer, Smith & Wesson, that required Smith & Wesson to change the design, distribution and marketing of guns to make them safer and to help keep them out of the hands of children and criminals. Budgets enacted during his term contained initiatives to increase the supply of affordable housing and home ownership, and to create jobs and economic development. These included new rental assistance subsidies, reforms to integrate public housing, higher limits on mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration, a crackdown on housing discrimination, expanded programs to help homeless people get housing and jobs, and creation of new Empowerment Zones. During Cuomo's tenure as HUD Secretary, he called for an increase in home ownership. He also pushed government-sponsored lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to buy more home loans issued to poor homeowners, in an attempt to end discrimination against minorities. Some believe that this helped lead to the recent subprime mortgage crisis. Edward J. Pinto, former chief credit officer at Fannie Mae, said "they should have known the risks were large. Cuomo was pushing mortgage bankers to make loans and basically saying you have to offer a loan to everybody." But others disagree with the assessment that Cuomo caused the crisis. Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, said Cuomo "was a contributor in terms of him being a cheerleader, but I don't think we can pin too much blame on him."
  • 1993
    Age 35
    Andrew Cuomo was appointed to the Department of Housing and Urban Development as Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development in 1993, a member of President Bill Clinton's administration.
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  • 1990
    Age 32
    Cuomo married Kerry Kennedy, the seventh child of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy, on June 9, 1990. They had three daughters: Cara, Mariah, and Michaela Cuomo. They separated in 2003, and divorced in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, he began living with Food Network host Sandra Lee. The two reside in Westchester County, New York.
    From 1990 to 1993, during the administration of Mayor of New York City David Dinkins, Cuomo served as Chairman of the New York City Homeless Commission, which was charged with developing policies to address the homeless issue in the city and to develop more housing options.
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  • 1986
    Age 28
    He founded Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP) in 1986 and left his law firm to run HELP full-time in 1988.
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  • 1984
    Age 26
    From 1984 to 1985, Cuomo was a New York assistant district attorney, and briefly worked at the law firm of Blutrich, Falcone & Miller.
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  • 1982
    Age 24
    During his father's 1982 campaign for governor, Cuomo served as his campaign manager, and then joined the governor's staff as one of his father's top policy advisors and sometime-Albany roommate, earning $1 a year.
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  • 1979
    Age 21
    He received his B.A. from Fordham University in 1979, and his J.D. from Albany Law School in 1982.
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  • 1971
    Age 13
    He graduated from St. Gerard Majella's School in 1971 and Archbishop Molloy High School in 1975.
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  • 1957
    Cuomo was born on December 6, 1957, in the New York City borough of Queens, the eldest son born to lawyer and later governor of New York, Mario Cuomo and Matilda (née Raffa).
    More Details Hide Details His parents were both of Italian descent; his paternal grandparents were from Nocera Inferiore and Tramonti in South Italy, while his maternal grandparents were both from Sicily (his grandfather from Messina). His younger brother is CNN journalist Chris Cuomo.
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