Source of Wealth: Politics, law practiceAge: 63Birth Place: Queens, New York CityMarital Status: SingleFull Name: Andrew Mark CuomoNationality: AmericanDate of Birth: December 6, 1957Ethnicity: Italian-AmericanOccupation: PoliticianEducation: Fordham University (1979), Albany Law School (1982)Children: Twins Cara Ethel Kennedy-Cuomo and Mariah Matilda Kennedy-Cuomo (1995), Michaela Andrea Kennedy-Cuomo (1997)
Andrew Mark Cuomo is an American democrat politician and attorney who serves as the 56th Governor of New York State since January 1, 2011 and as Chair of the National Governors Association since August 5, 2020. Previously, he served as Attorney General of New York (2006–10) and as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (1997-2001) under President Bill Clinton. As Governor of New York, Cuomo earned a salary of $179,000 per year until 2018. In 2019 and 2020, he received a payroll for $200,000 and $225,000, respectively. Cuomo has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Cuomo was born on December 6, 1957 to late Governor Mario Cuomo (1983-1995) and Matilda Raffa. He was raised in South Jamaica, Queens, New York City, and has four siblings, Margaret, Maria, Medaline, and Chris. He graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1979 and received his law degree from Albany Law School in 1982. After law school, Cuomo led the campaign that made his father Governor and later worked as an advisor to him.
In 1984, Cuomo moved to Manhattan, where he worked as an Assistant District Attorney at the law firm Blutrich, Falcone & Miller. During that time, he started to focus on the problems of the homeless, and in 1986 founded Housing Enterprises for the Less Privileged (HELP), an organization that provided temporary housing for people living on the streets. He continued advising his father and managed the 1986 reelection campaign. In 1991, Cuomo’s works for the homeless led to his designation as head of the New York City Commission on the Homeless.
After the election of Clinton as President in November 1992, Cuomo moved to Washington to help with the transition and stayed to work on housing at the federal level. In May 1993, Cuomo was appointed as assistant secretary for Community Planning and Development at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. While holding that position, Cuomo introduced new policies to move the homeless into permanent housing. He continued doing that job until December 1996, when Clinton nominated him to become Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, a position he held until 2001. During that time, he takes actions such as launching rental subsidies, setting higher limits on mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration, and expanding programs to help homeless people get housing and jobs. Besides, Cuomo negotiated an agreement with Smith & Wesson, United States’ largest handgun manufacturer, to change the design, distribution, and marketing of guns to make them safer and to help keep them out of children and criminals.
After losing his first New York gubernatorial bid in 2002, Coumo made $1 million per year in 2004 and 2005 while he worked as an advisor to real estate tycoon Andrew Farkas. Then Cuomo won the election for state’s attorney general in 2006. In 2010, he ran again for governor and was successful. The most prominent policy of his first period at office was the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011. He was reelected to a second term in 2014, and during that time he banned fracking (a technique to fracture bedrock formations in order to obtain petroleum and gas), established a new tax code that raised taxes for the wealthy and lowered for the others, and increased the minimum wage to $15 per hour. In 2018, Cuomo was reelected for a third period with the largest number of votes of any governor in both the primary and the general elections. Thereupon he introduced the Excelsior Scholarship, which foresees that families making less than $125,000 in 2019 could have free tuition at all SUNY and CUNY universities. From July 2019 to August 2020, Cuomo served as Vice Chair of the National Governors Association, and then took over as Chair, position he holds until today.
In March 2020, New York City became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, and Cuomo gained national attention by criticizing how President Donald Trump was handling the crisis. Later that year, he published American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic. His autobiography, All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life, was released in 2014. Previously, Cuomo wrote Crossroads: The Future of American Politics, published in 2013. In 2015, he earned $650,000 in book royalties for his memoir.
In March 28, 2021, Cuomo announced an agreement to legalize the consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes, expanding New York’s existing medical marijuana program created by him.
In 1990, Cuomo married Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert Francis Kennedy. They have three daughters, twins Cara Ethel Kennedy-Cuomo and Mariah Matilda Kennedy-Cuomo (1995), and Michaela Andrea Kennedy-Cuomo (1997). The couple separated in 2003 and divorced in 2005, when he began dating Food Network host Sandra Lee. They moved in together in 2011, but in 2019 announced the end of their relationship.