Andrew Mark Cuomo is an American politician, author and lawyer serving as the 56th and current governor of New York since 2011. He was elected to the same position his father, Mario Cuomo, held for three terms. Cuomo served as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Community Planning and Development from 1993 to 1997. From 1997 to 2001, he served in President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet as the 11th United States secretary of housing and urban development.
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Andrew Mark Cuomo is an American politician, author and lawyer serving as the 56th and current governor of New York since 2011. He was elected to the same position his father, Mario Cuomo, held for three terms. Cuomo served as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Community Planning and Development from 1993 to 1997. From 1997 to 2001, he served in President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet as the 11th United States secretary of housing and urban development. Cuomo won the 2010 New York gubernatorial election to become Governor ofNew York and has been reelected twice after winning primaries against liberal challengers Zephyr Teachout and Cynthia Nixon. During his governorship, Cuomo oversaw the passage of the 2011 Marriage Equality Act, introducing same-sex marriage in New York, and the 2014 Compassionate Care Act, legalizing medical marijuana. In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the 2012 Webster shooting, Cuomo signed the NY SAFE Act of 2013, the strictest gun control law in the United States. Cuomo received national attention for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in New. York. He co-founded the U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of states committed to fighting climate change by following the terms of the Paris Climate Accords. He received a B. A. from Fordham University in 1979, and a J. D. from Albany Law School in 1982. His parents were both of Italian descent; his paternal grandparents were from Nocera Inferiore and Tramonti in the Campania region of southern Italy. His younger brother, Chris Cuomo is a CNN journalist.
His elder sister is noted radiologist Margaret Cuomo. He graduated from St. Gerard Majella’s School in 1971 and Archbishop Molloy High School in 1975. He founded Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged in 1986 and left his law firm to run HELP full-time in 1988. He is married to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and is the father of a daughter, Toni Cuomo, and son-in-law, Andrew Cuomo, a New York State Supreme Court Justice. He has four siblings and his younger brother is CNN journalist Chris Cuomo. Cuomo is the son of Mario Cuomo and Matilda Cuomo, who is a former mayor of Queens, New York and a former state Supreme Court justice. He also has a brother, Andrew Andrew Cuomo Jr., who was elected Attorney General in 2006 and served as Attorney General for New York from 2007 to 2011. Cuomo has served as Chair of the National Governors Association since August 2020. He served as Secretary of HUD from January 1997 until the Clinton administration ended in 2001. During Cuomo’s tenure as HUD Secretary, he called for an increase in government-sponsored home ownership loans to help the poor buy more homes. Cuomo also pushed for higher limits on public housing subsidies to integrate public housing; higher limits in public housing, and expanded housing discrimination programs to help homeless people get housing and get jobs and get housing. In 2000, Cuomo led HUD efforts to negotiate an agreement with Smith & Wesson to change the design, distribution, and marketing of guns to make them safer.