Andrew M. Cuomo is the 56th Governor of New York State, assuming office on January 1, 2011. Born into an Italian-American family and raised in Queens, Governor Cuomo is dedicated to public service and has the proven leadership skills to make government work for the people of New York.
The son of Matilda and the late Governor Mario Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo learned from a young age the importance of fighting for equality and opportunity. His father’s legacy of public service remains an inspiration in Andrew’s life.
After graduating from Fordham University and Albany Law School, Governor Cuomo led his father’s campaign for governor, and later served as an assistant district attorney in New York. Andrew became committed to fighting homelessness, an issue that led him to serve as HUD Secretary under President Clinton, and continues to be a driving force to this day.
As Attorney General of New York and Governor for the past 10 years, Andrew Cuomo has vindicated the promise of progressive government by heeding a simple philosophy: deliver real change in real time. Time and again he has fought for and won progressive accomplishments including marriage equality, the most comprehensive paid family leave policy in the nation, a $15 minimum wage, free college tuition for New York's middle class, a ban on fracking and the nation's strongest gun safety laws.
Under Andrew Cuomo’s leadership New York is once again the nation’s beacon for social progress. We have a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, a fairer criminal justice system, and more high school graduates attending college than ever before. We have conserved more land, enacted a more progressive tax code, and launched the most ambitious infrastructure program in the country rebuilding LaGuardia and JFK airports, Penn Station and the new Mario Cuomo bridge. We have also made historic investments in education, healthcare, and economic development. Upstate New York is no longer treated as the forgotten stepchild of Albany.
Governor Cuomo has shown that progressive politics does not mean irresponsible spending. Every New Yorker’s tax rate is lower today than when Andrew Cuomo took office, the state has its highest credit rating in forty years, and unemployment is down in every region. Today our state has the highest number of private sector jobs in history.
Andrew Cuomo is the father to three daughters: Mariah, Cara, and Michaela.