New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo 4 President!

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo 4 President!

An alternative to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination

The hashtag #PresidentCuomo — referring to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — was trending on social media as the party’s voters continued to mull who should take on President Trump in November.

“President Cuomo is really raising the bar for leadership [right now], and I’m here for it. #PresidentCuomo#CoronavirusPandemic,” one Twitter user wrote.

To learn more about Governor Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Mark Cuomo (born December 6, 1957) is an American politician, author, and lawyer serving as the 56th governor of New York since 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to the same position his late father, Mario Cuomo, held for three terms.

Born in New York City, Cuomo is a graduate of Fordham University and Albany Law School of Union University, New York. He began his career working as the campaign manager for his father, then as an assistant district attorney in New York City before entering private law practice. He founded Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP USA) and was appointed chair of the New York City Homeless Commission, a position he held from 1990 to 1993.

In 1993, Cuomo joined the Clinton Administration as Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. From 1997 to 2001, he served as the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

In 2006, Cuomo was elected Attorney General of New York. He won the election as Governor of New York in 2010 and has been reelected twice after winning primaries against liberal challengers Zephyr Teachout (2014) and Cynthia Nixon (2018). During his governorship, Cuomo oversaw the passage of a law legalizing same-sex marriage in New York; creation of the United States Climate Alliance, a group of states committed to fighting climate change by following the terms of the Paris Climate Accords; passage of the strictest gun control law in the U.S.; Medicaid expansion; a new tax code that raised taxes for the wealthy and lowered taxes for the middle class; paid family leave; an increase in the minimum wage; wage equality; and legislation legalizing medical marijuana.

Early life and education
Cuomo was born in the Queens borough of New York City,[1] the elder son of five children born to lawyer and later governor of New York, Mario Cuomo and Matilda (née Raffa).[2] His parents were both of Italian descent; his paternal grandparents were from Nocera Inferiore and Tramonti in southern Italy, while his maternal grandparents were from Sicily (his grandfather from Messina).[2][3] His younger brother, Chris Cuomo, is a CNN journalist. His elder sister is noted radiologist Margaret Cuomo.[4]

He graduated from St. Gerard Majella’s School in 1971[5] and Archbishop Molloy High School in 1975.[1] He received a B.A. from Fordham University in 1979, and a J.D. from Albany Law School in 1982.[1]

Early career
During his father’s 1982 campaign for Governor, Cuomo was campaign manager, and then joined the governor’s staff as one of his father’s policy advisors and sometime Albany roommate,[6] earning $1 a year.[7]

From 1984 to 1985, Cuomo was a New York assistant district attorney, and briefly worked at the law firm of Blutrich, Falcone & Miller. He founded Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP) in 1986 and left his law firm to run HELP full-time in 1988.[7] From 1990 to 1993, during the administration of New York City mayor, David Dinkins, Cuomo was chair of the New York City Homeless Commission, which was charged with developing policies to address the homeless issue in the city and developing more housing options.[citation needed]

Secretary of HUD

Cuomo as HUD Secretary
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.[8] After the departure of Secretary Henry Cisneros at the end of Clinton’s first term under the cloud of an FBI investigation,[9] Cuomo was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to succeed him as Secretary of HUD. Cuomo served as Secretary from January 1997 until the Clinton administration ended in 2001.[8]

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.[8] 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.

Cuomo as HUD Secretary holding a press conference with then Treasury Secretary Larry Summers
During Cuomo’s tenure as HUD Secretary, he called for an increase in home ownership.[10] 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.[11] Some believe that this helped lead to the recent subprime mortgage crisis.[10][12] 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.”[10] 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.”[10]

According to libertarian author and critic James Bovard, Cuomo was obsessed with changing HUD’s image, as Cuomo declared, “The PR is the important thing I do … Eighty percent of the battle is communications.” He championed a new program called Community Builders, created without appropriation by Congress, for 800 new HUD employees with computers to be paid as much as $100,000. In a June 16, 1999, speech, Cuomo declared that one purpose of the program was to fight against HUD’s abolition. In August 1999, Community Builders distributed a letter to community groups to fight against proposed tax cuts. One HUD official declared that Community Builders were seen as “Democratic ward heelers who act as a pipeline between Democratic city officials, party leaders, and the administration and the Democratic National Committee.”

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.”[13] Gaffney retired in May 2001, shortly after the department reached a $490,000 settlement with a black employee who had accused her of racial discrimination in passing him over for a promotion.[14]

Prior to Cuomo’s tenure, HUD was routinely included on the General Accounting Office’s biannual watch list of government programs whose poor management made them prone to fraud.[15] During his time in office, two of HUD’s four main departments were removed from the GAO list.[15] In addition, the department cut 15 percent of its staff as part of a Cuomo initiative to streamline its operations.[15]

2002 New York gubernatorial election
See also: 2002 New York gubernatorial election
Cuomo first ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New York in 2002. 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; even his father, former governor Mario Cuomo, later admitted it was a blunder.[16]

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.[17] McCall went on to lose the general election to George Pataki.

New York attorney general
Election
Main article: 2006 New York Attorney General election
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 and two-time candidate for Lieutenant Governor Charlie King, also earned places on the Democratic ballot.[18] King dropped out of the race before the primary and endorsed Cuomo.[19]

Cuomo won the primary with a majority of the vote, defeating his nearest opponent by over 20%. 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.”[18] He won the general election against the Republican nominee, former Westchester District attorney Jeanine Pirro on November 7, 2006, winning 58% of the vote.

Tenure
Police surveillance, 2007
Main article: Eliot Spitzer political surveillance controversy
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 Bruno’s whereabouts when he traveled with police escorts in New York City.[20] At the discretion of top officials of the Spitzer administration, the New York State Police created documents meant to cause political damage to Bruno.[21] Spitzer responded by accepting responsibility and issuing an apology to Bruno.[20][22]

Student loan inquiry, 2007
In 2007, Cuomo was active in a high-profile investigation into lending practices and anti-competitive relationships between student lenders and universities. Specifically, many universities steered student borrowers to a “preferred lender,” which resulted in the borrowers’ incurring higher interest rates. This led to changes in lending policy at many major American universities. Many universities also rebated millions of dollars in fees back to affected borrowers.[23][24]

Cuomo with Representative Gary Ackerman
Usenet, 2008
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. 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.[25][26][27]

2008 Obama remarks
In 2008, Cuomo said of the Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama, who was running against Hillary Clinton, the candidate Cuomo supported: “You can’t shuck and jive at a press conference.” Cuomo received criticism from some for his use of the phrase. Roland Martin of CNN said that “‘shuckin’ and jivin” have long been words used as a negative assessment of African Americans, along the lines of a ‘foot-shufflin’ Negro.'”[28]

Corruption and fraud investigations, 2009
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.[29]

Also in 2009, Cuomo launched a suit against the United Homeless Organization, a New York charity. He charged that the majority of the group’s income was not used to provide services to the homeless, but was diverted to the founders for unrelated personal expenses.[30] In 2010, Judge Barbara R. Kapnick granted the judgement and forced the group to disband.[31]

Potential U.S. Senate appointment
See also: Possible appointment choices for the New York Senate seat
After Hillary Clinton became President Obama’s choice for U.S. secretary of state, then-New York governor David Paterson was charged with appointing a temporary replacement until a special election. Cuomo was seen as a leading contender for this appointment.[32][33] 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 U.S. representative Kirsten Gillibrand as the most likely appointees.[33][34] On January 23, Paterson announced he would appoint Gillibrand to the U.S. Senate.[35]

Governor of New York
Elections
2010
Main article: 2010 New York gubernatorial election
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.”[36] On January 23, 2010, the New York Daily News reported that Cuomo would announce plans for a gubernatorial campaign at the end of March.[37] Later reports indicated Cuomo would announce his gubernatorial campaign coinciding with the state Democratic Convention in late May.[38] On May 22, 2010, Cuomo announced his run for governor in a video posted to his campaign website. Cuomo announced his choice for lieutenant governor on May 26, 2010: Mayor of Rochester, Robert Duffy.[39]

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. 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.[40]

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Carlos is the publisher of HollywoodNews.com and co-author of the national and “The New York Times” bestseller, "Husband, Lover, Spy: A True Story,” St. Martin’s Press, as well as “Opening The Doors To Hollywood,” Crown Publishing. In addition, he is an Internet pioneer that launched the Hollywood Network® online, in 1994, and is the founder and CEO of the Hollywood Network® Inc., an entertainment, marketing and live event production company. In 1997, he founded the prestigious Hollywood Film Festival® and Hollywood Awards®. He was a jet pilot in the Portuguese Air Force and studied economics at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and film at UCLA.

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