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Andrew Cuomo
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56th Governor of New York
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Lieutenant Robert Duffy
Kathy Hochul
Preceded by David Paterson
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
August 5, 2020 – July 8, 2021
Vice Chair Asa Hutchinson
Preceded by Larry Hogan
Succeeded by Asa Hutchinson
Vice Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
July 26, 2019 – August 5, 2020
Chair Larry Hogan
Preceded by Larry Hogan
Succeeded by Asa Hutchinson
64th Attorney General of New York
In office
January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2010
Governor Eliot Spitzer
David Paterson
Preceded by Eliot Spitzer
Succeeded by Eric Schneiderman
11th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
In office
January 29, 1997 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Henry Cisneros
Succeeded by Mel Martínez
Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Community Planning and Development
In office
May 28, 1993 – January 29, 1997
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Skirma Kondratas
Succeeded by Saul N. Ramirez Jr.
Personal details
Born
Andrew Mark Cuomo

December 6, 1957 (1957-12-06) (age 63)
New York City, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Kerry Kennedy
(m. 1990; div. 2005)
Domestic partner Sandra Lee (2005–2019)
Children 3
Parents Mario Cuomo
Matilda Raffa
Relatives Cuomo family
Residence Executive Mansion
Education Fordham University (BA)
Albany Law School (JD)
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Andrew Mark Cuomo ( born December 6, 1957) is an American lawyer, author, and politician who has served as the 56th governor of New York since 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to the same position his father, Mario Cuomo, held for three terms, and he is the brother of CNN news anchor Chris Cuomo.

Born in Queens, New York City, Cuomo is a graduate of Fordham University and Albany Law School. He began his career working as the campaign manager for his father in the 1982 New York gubernatorial election, then as an assistant district attorney in New York City before entering private law practice. He founded a housing non-profit and was appointed chair of the New York City Homeless Commission by New York City Mayor David Dinkins, a position he held from 1990 to 1993.

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. After failing to win the Democratic primary in the 2002 New York gubernatorial election, in 2006, Cuomo was elected Attorney General of New York. Cuomo won the 2010 New York gubernatorial election to become governor of New York and was reelected twice after winning primaries against progressive challengers Zephyr Teachout in 2014 and Cynthia Nixon in 2018.

During his governorship, Cuomo oversaw the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in 2011 to legalize same-sex marriage, the Compassionate Care Act in 2014 to legalize the medical use of cannabis, and the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act in 2021 to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. 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. He co-founded the United States Climate Alliance, a group of states committed to fighting climate change by following the terms of the Paris Climate Accords. He also delivered Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act; a 2011 tax code that raised taxes for the wealthy and lowered taxes for the middle class; 12-week paid family leave along with a gradual increase of the state's minimum wage to $15; and pay equity.

Cuomo received national attention for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York. Although he was initially lauded for his response efforts and received the International Emmy Founders Award for his daily press briefings, he faces renewed criticism and federal investigation after it was discovered that his administration covered up information pertaining to COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents.

On August 10, 2021, he announced that he will resign as governor of New York on August 24 due to harassment allegations. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will serve out his term, becoming the first female governor of New York.

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