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}}{{tnr}}'''Andrew Mark Cuomo''' (born December 6, 1957, in Queens, [[New York]]) is the 56th and current [[Governor of New York]]. A [[Democrat]], he was first elected on [[New York gubernatorial election, 2010|November 2, 2010]] and is eligible for re-election in [[New York gubernatorial election, 2014|2014]]. While he has not officially declared, indications are that he will run.<ref name=reelect2014/> He is also rumored to be a potential candidate for president in 2016.<ref name=HP2016/>
}}{{tnr}}'''Andrew Mark Cuomo''' (born December 6, 1957, in Queens, [[New York]]) is the 56th and current [[Governor of New York]]. A [[Democrat]], he was first elected on [[New York gubernatorial election, 2010|November 2, 2010]] and is running for for re-election in [[New York gubernatorial election, 2014|2014]].<ref name=reelect2014/> He is also rumored to be a potential candidate for president in 2016.<ref name=HP2016/>
An April 2013 list of the 100 most powerful players in Albany by the newspaper ''City and State'' ranked Cuomo as number one.<ref> [http://www.cityandstateny.com/albany-power-100-list-10/ ''City and State,'' "Albany Power 100 List – 10," April 23, 2013]</ref>
An April 2013 list of the 100 most powerful players in Albany by the newspaper ''City and State'' ranked Cuomo as number one.<ref> [http://www.cityandstateny.com/albany-power-100-list-10/ ''City and State,'' "Albany Power 100 List – 10," April 23, 2013]</ref>
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Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo.jpg
Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
PredecessorDavid Paterson (D)
Base salary$179,000
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$78,672,226
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Attorney General of New York
January 1, 2007-December 31, 2010
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Development
January 29, 1997-January 20, 2001
High schoolArchbishop Molloy High School (1975)
Bachelor'sFordham University (1979)
J.D.Albany Law School (1982)
Date of birthDecember 6, 1957
Place of birthQueens, New York
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Andrew Mark Cuomo (born December 6, 1957, in Queens, New York) is the 56th and current Governor of New York. A Democrat, he was first elected on November 2, 2010 and is running for for re-election in 2014.[1] He is also rumored to be a potential candidate for president in 2016.[2]

An April 2013 list of the 100 most powerful players in Albany by the newspaper City and State ranked Cuomo as number one.[3]

Prior to ascending to the state's top post, Cuomo spent time at the federal level, serving as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1993-1997 and as secretary of HUD from 1997-2001 under President Bill Clinton. Returning to the state level, Cuomo served as New York Attorney General from 2006-2010.[4]

As governor, Cuomo has focused on LGBT rights, including the legalization of gay marriage, women's rights and economic stimulus. Known for his bipartisan approach to achieving his goals, Cuomo's first two years saw him popular statewide and across party lines. That appeal dipped in early 2013 following Cuomo's work to pass the nation's strictest gun-control laws. Following the law's passage, polling showed more of a traditional split between update and downstate as well as Republican and Democrat.[5][6][7]

Cuomo's father, Mario Cuomo, served as New York Governor from 1983-1994.[8]


Cuomo was born on December 6, 1957 in Queens, NY. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School, Fordham University and Albany Law School. Cuomo was named a top aide to his father's inaugural campaign for governor shortly after receiving his law degree. He then joined the Governor's staff as one of his father's top policy advisers, a position he filled on and off throughout the course of Mario Cuomo's twelve-year governorship.

Cuomo worked two years as a New York assistant district attorney and briefly for the law firm of Blutrich, Falcone & Miller. He became profoundly active in the issues of homelessness and state housing policy during the 1980s and 90s. This in turn spurred him on to create Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP), a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide housing and the supportive services necessary for the homeless and people in need to become and remain self reliant. He was appointed Chairman of the New York City Homeless Commission during the administration of New York City Mayor David Dinkins, from 1990-1993.


  • Graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School (1975)
  • BA, Fordham University (1979)
  • JD, Albany Law School (1982)

Political career

Governor of New York (2011-Present)

Cuomo was elected Governor of New York in 2010 and assumed office January 1, 2011.

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, Cuomo was ranked number 18. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[9][10]

Tax extensions

Promoting his 2013-14 budget, Cuomo and his 2014 re-election campaign launched television ads in late January 2013.[11] E.J. McMahon of the pro-market Empire State Center for New York Policy argued that Cuomo's claim in the ads that his budget did not impose any new taxes was technically true but disingenuous because the governor did call for extending two "temporary" taxes first imposed in 2009. Cuomo proposed extending the 2 percent assessment on electric, water, and gas utility bills for five years beyond its scheduled March 13, 2014, expiration date. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R) and the Senate Republicans opposed the utility tax extension and held a February 5 press conference on the topic with representatives from the Business Council of New York State, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), the New York Farm Bureau, and AARP.[12] Cuomo also proposed extending a tax on households earning more than $10 million annually. Already statutorily limited to receiving only half of their tax deductions for their charitable giving, high-end taxpayers would see the temporary law limiting them to receiving only a quarter of their charitable giving deductions extended for three more years. The utility assessment tax brings in $509 million annually, and the charitable giving deduction limit brings in $140 million.[13]

Pension "smoothing"

As part of his 2013-14 budget, introduced on January 22, 2013, Cuomo proposed the Stable Rate Pension Contribution Option as a way for local governments to deal with rising pension plan costs.[14] Local governments which signed on for this plan would be able to reduce their present pension payments by as much as 43 percent and would then lock in that rate for 25 years. The savings now would be made up from the later payments, which would be made at the same level even though the fiscal situation will have improved. E.J. McMahon of the pro-market Empire State Center for New York Policy opposed Cuomo's plan, contending that "even under ideal economic and financial market conditions, it's likely to be a losing bet for employers — saving them less in the short-term than it would cost them in the long run."[15] Before the plan could become operational, New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the lone trustee of New York's pension plan, would need to approve the option, but on February 5, he stated that he had concerns with the proposal.[16] The New York State Teachers' Retirement System, which is separate from the main pension plan and would need to approve the plan because of its effect on school districts, hired Cheiron to conduct an independent review of Cuomo's plan.[17]

Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")

In December, 2012, Cuomo declined to enter New York into the federal health-exchange system established under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare," in favor of setting up a state-based system.[18] New York is one of eighteen states - including Colorado, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Mexico, and Washington - that decided to create and run individual health-exchange systems by the December 14, 2012 deadline. The exchange is an online marketplace for citizens to purchase health insurance.[19][20]

Appointments office export

In October 2012, Cuomo announced his decision to move the New York state "appointments office" outside the executive branch, including nine people and the office's original budget of $700,000. His decision addressed what he considered to be a trend of deterioration in the recruitment standards of state agency and board positions, which he attributed to statutory constraints on salary raises for appointees and a counterproductive tradition of nepotistic-style hiring by internal recommendation: “In the old days, you’d wait for some county [political party] chair or some elected official to say, can you hire A, B, C or D," said Cuomo, elaborating on his aim to reverse the unsatisfactory reputation of the appointments office by introducing it to private sector meritocracy. The former executive chamber office of appointments, renamed the “Center for Recruitment and Public Service,” was absorbed into the Office of General Services and managed by an appointments secretary. Cuomo appointed retired judge Leslie Leach, an aide from his years as attorney general, to the position prior to his announcement.[21] The Center for Recruitment and Public Service will deal primarily with appointed commissioners, state board members, and some "exempt" managerial positions, but not civil service posts.

Gun control

Following the December 14, 2012 school shooting in Newton, Connecticut, Gov. Cuomo sought to make gun control a major issue in 2013. To that end, one of the first things the Legislature did in its 2013 session was to pass a tougher assault weapons ban that included restrictions on ammunition and the sale of guns, as well as provisions to keep guns from the mentally ill who make threats. New York was the first state to pass new laws after the tragedy.[22]

National Popular Vote Compact

Cuomo signed legislation that added New York to the list of states that have joined the National Popular Vote compact. The bill has been enacted by 11 states and jurisdictions; California, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. This compact declares that its member states will award their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote in all 50 states. New York is often overlooked by presidential candidates for being reliably blue. Having candidates focus on the entire population of the United States, and not just swing states, will help New Yorkers feel more involved in the elections.[23]

This will not take effect until enough other states have joined the compact so that the determined states will possess a majority of the Electoral College’s 538 votes. New York provides 39 of the needed 270 votes. The compact currently contains 165 electoral votes.[23]

Attorney General of New York (2007-2010)

Police surveillance by the Governor's Office

On July 23, 2007, Cuomo's office admonished the Spitzer administration for ordering the State Police to keep special records of Senate majority leader Joseph L. Bruno's whereabouts when he traveled with police escorts in New York City.[24] At the direction of top officials of the Spitzer administration, the New York State Police created documents meant to cause political damage to Bruno.[25] The governor's staff had stated they were responding to a Freedom of Information request from the Albany Times-Union in late June.[24]

A scathing 57-page report issued by the Attorney General's office concluded that Spitzer aides did not simply produce records, as the state Freedom of Information Law requires, but were instead engaged in planning and producing media coverage concerning Senator Bruno's travel on state aircraft before any FOIL request was made.[26][27] The investigation looked into both Bruno's travel and the senate leader's allegation that Spitzer used State Police to spy on him.[28] It also suggests that the governor's staff lied when they tried to explain what they had done and forced the State Police to go far beyond their normal procedures in documenting Mr. Bruno's whereabouts.[29]

The report cleared Bruno of any misuse of the state's air fleet, which had been alleged.[30][31][32][25] The report criticized Spitzer's office for using State Police resources to gather information about Bruno's travel and releasing the information to the media.[33]

New York Republican State Committee Chairman Joseph Mondello claimed that "Today's explosive report by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo validates the frightening charges that Governor Spitzer's administration abused the New York State Police and New York's F.O.I.L. laws in an attempt to set up Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno and that "This disturbing abuse of power by a Governor is unprecedented."[24] The findings of the report were endorsed by Spitzer's own Inspector General, Kristine Hamann.[24][31][32][28]

Spitzer responded at a July 23 press conference that "As governor, I am accountable for what goes on in the executive branch and I accept responsibility for the actions of my office and that his administration had "grossly mishandled" the situation.[24][32] The Governor issued an apology to Senator Bruno and stated that "I apologized to Senator Bruno and I did so personally this morning […] In addition, I apologized to the men and women of the State Police, and to acting Superintendent Preston Felton personally for allowing this esteemed institution to be drawn into this matter."[24] Felton said he didn't realize he was part of a political scheme, and claimed in a written statement that "I have never, in my 26-year career with the state police, knowingly undertaken any such action and never would […] To the extent that circumstances previously not known to me have now given rise to that appearance, I am particularly saddened."[28]

Spitzer subsequently announced that he would indefinitely suspend his communications director, Darren Dopp, and reassign another top official.[34] When questioned about his promise to bring a new dawn of ethical responsibility to state politics, Spitzer responded by saying "I will not tolerate this behavior […] ethics and accountability must and will remain rigorous in my administration," and that "I have always stated that I want ethics and integrity to be the hallmarks of my administration. That is why I requested that the State Inspector General review the allegations with respect to my office, and that is why we have fully cooperated with both inquiries."[30] As of July 2007, Cuomo's office was considering recommending disciplinary action against the Governor's office.[35]

Student Loan Inquiry

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 those borrowers incurring higher interest rates. This has led to changes in lending policy at many major American universities. Many universities have also rebated millions of dollars in fees back to affected borrowers.[36][37]

The Safety of Facebook

As attorney general, Cuomo spoke out against Facebook, believing it was not safe enough for minors.[38]

"My office is concerned that Facebook's promise of a safe web site is not consistent with its performance in policing its site and responding to complaints," Cuomo stated on September 25, 2007. "Parents have a right to know what their children will encounter on a web site that is aggressively marketed as safe."

Cuomo cited an investigation by the Office of Attorney General which discovered "deficiencies that stand in contrast to the reassuring statements made on the web site and by company officials." This investigation found numerous occurrences of other users approaching undercover Facebook accounts for adult reasons, as well as lewd or pornographic Facebook groups that users under 18 were allowed to join.

ACORN endorsement

See also: Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now

In the midst of his 2006 bid for New York Attorney General, Cuomo received the endorsement of ACORN. Former Executive Director Bertha Lewis praised him for "his outstanding record of results fighting for fair housing and fighting against predatory lenders."[39] In response to this commendation, Cuomo issued a statement that stated that he was "honored" and that he appreciated the strong words of recommendation from his 'good friend' Bertha Lewis, who, he said, was an 'inspiration' for him.

Cuomo was one of six state attorneys general, all of whom belonged to the Democratic Party, who received the highest rating, a letter grade of A+, from the June 2008 Survey and Scorecard report published by the liberal political organization, ACORN. The report was published in an effort to shine the spotlight on state attorneys general "leading the fight to protect homeowners from joining the flood of Americans losing their homes to foreclosure," according to the group.[40]

Mortgage crisis

As part of a probe into the mortgage industry, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo served subpoenas to both Freddie Mac (FRE) and Fannie Mae (FNM) on November 7, 2007, requesting the two companies retain an independent examiner to review mortgages and appraisals. He then promptly sued First American Corporation (FAF) and its eAppraiseIT unit for allegedly colluding with savings bank holding company, Washington Mutual; stock for the company sharply declined. CNBC's Jim Cramer labeled Cuomo a "communist" who "who wants to shut down the mortgage market."[41] About a month later, Washington Mutual Bank reorganized its home-loan division and closed 160 of its 336 home-loan offices, hemorrhaging nearly twenty-two percent of its staff. Nine months after that, Washington Mutual, Inc. and its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy.

Cuomo faced criticism for a series of lawsuits and investigations surrounding a Florida based Savings and Loan Association institution in which he was accused of illegal, hostile take-over maneuvers among other things. This problem tapered off after Attorney General Janet Reno declined to initiate a full investigation. A spectrum of excuses and accusations were offered to explain this situation.

In tandem with the Florida S&L situation was criticism coming from Catherine Fitts, formerly HUD Assistant Secretary and FHA Administrator under Jack Kemp during the first Bush administration and HUD independent contractor under Henry Cisneros and Andrew Cuomo. Fitts essentially accused him of fraud and linked his name to HUD vendors who also provided him with lucrative benefits of various types.[42]

"Shuck and jive"

In the early stages of the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign, shortly after Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire contest, Cuomo, a supporter of Clinton's, made a comment in reference to then-Senator Barack Obama that some perceived to be racially insensitive, if unintentionally so. The New York Attorney General, speaking on radio station WGDJ - Talk 1300 based in Albany, analyzed the primary race, saying, "It's not a TV crazed race. Frankly you can't buy your way into it. You can't shuck and jive at a press conference. All those moves you can make with the press don't work when you're in someone's living room."[43] Though Cuomo insisted after the program that the comment "was never about Obama in the first place," but rather the primary campaign in general, critics still believed the words were ill-spoken, if not downright inappropriate. The phrase 'shuck and jive' "refers to mischievous blacks behaving innocently in the presence of an authority figure, so as to lie and get out of trouble."[43][44]


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 newsgroups associated with the worldwide distributed internet discussion system, Usenet. Time Warner Cable ceased offering Usenet altogether while Sprint no longer provides access to the alt.* hierarchy, and Verizon limiting its Usenet offerings to the Big 8 (comp.*, misc.*, news.*, rec.*, sci.*, soc.*, alt.*, and talk.* newsgroup hierarchies).[45] Internet critics argued that this was significant overreaching on the part of the New York Attorney General, noting that "Cuomo’s office found only 88 newsgroups containing child porn, and there are more than 18,000 in the alt.* hierarchy alone."[46] Barry Steinhardt, director of the ACLU's technology and liberty program, compared the action to "taking a sledgehammer to an ant."[47]

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (1993-2000)

Cuomo was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At the end of Clinton's first term in office, Henry Cisneros resigned as Secretary of HUD following a three and a half year independent investigation that resulted in his indictment on eighteen counts of conspiracy, giving false statements and obstruction of justice. Cuomo succeeded Cisneros and remained in the position until the end of Clinton's administration in 2001. Twice during his tenure it was speculated that he would mount a campaign for the United States Senate, first in 1998 to challenge Senator Al D'Amato who was deemed too conservative by Congressional Democratic leadership and then in 2000 after the announcement by four-term Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan that he would be retiring; he ultimately deferred to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in the run up to the Democratic primary election.



Cuomo has been rumored to be considering a run for President in 2016. A story in the New York Post on April 29, 2013, cited "a Cuomo administration insider" who said Cuomo would not run if Hillary Clinton does.[48] Cuomo dismissed the rumors, stating, "There is no truth to the assertion that I am talking presidential politics and strategy and what Hillary Clinton should do or shouldn't do or what I'm doing presidentially. The only discussions I'm having are how to help this state ... and to the extent that I'm focusing on politics, it's my race next year."[2]

That same week publisher HarperCollins announced they would be publishing Cuomo's autobiography, which is expected to be out in 2014.[49]


See also: New York gubernatorial election, 2014

Cuomo ran for re-election as Governor of New York in 2014.[1]

Working Families Party

The labor-backed third party, the Working Families Party, voted to back Cuomo in the 2014 election. The party agreed with Cuomo's public support of a Democratic takeover of the New York State Senate along with a raise of the minimum wage. A vocal part of the party wished to back Associate Professor of Law Zephyr Teachout. Those members were critical of Cuomo's fiscal policies, including a cut in corporate taxes. Cuomo received 59% of the vote in the nominating convention, overcoming Teachout's 41%.[50]

Independence Party

When asked about a nomination by the Independence Party, Cuomo told the media that he would decide "down the road." However, Cuomo had already accepted the nomination, proven by notarized documents dated the previous day. This discrepancy led Republican candidate Rob Astorino to call Cuomo a liar. Cuomo's spokesperson Peter Kaufmann said the acceptance paperwork was completed in advance because Cuomo would be unavailable later.

The Independence Party has nominated Cuomo, his running mate Kathy Hochul, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli for state executive positions.[51]


General election
Major party candidates and "other" category
Poll Andrew Cuomo Rob AstorinoOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
September 22-23, 2014
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
AVERAGES 52.5% 31.5% 4% 11.5% +/-3 2,665.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
New York Governor's Race 2014 - Cuomo vs. Astorino
Poll Andrew Cuomo Rob AstorinoOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
November 20-24, 2013
Sienna College Poll Trends (dead link)
January 12-16, 2014
Quinnipiac University Poll
February 6-10, 2014
Marist Poll
February 28 - March 3, 2014
Siena College Poll
March 16-20, 2014
Siena College Poll (dead link)
April 12-17, 2014
Quinnipiac University Poll
May 14-19, 2014
Siena College Poll
June 8-12, 2014
Siena College Poll
July 13-16, 2014
Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist
July 28-31, 2014
AVERAGES 59.3% 24.2% 16.6% +/-3.21 982.2
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Other match-ups
New York Governor's Race 2014 - Cuomo vs. Paladino
Poll Andrew Cuomo Carl PaladinoOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Marist Poll
February 28 - March 3, 2014
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See also: New York gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Cuomo first ran for Governor of New York on a ticket with Robert Duffy in 2010. He defeated Carl P. Paladino (R), Warren Redlich (L), Howie Hawkins (G) and six other candidates in the general election on November 2, 2010.

New York Governor/Lt. Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Cuomo/Robert Duffy 61% 2,910,876
     Republican Carl Paladino/Gregory Edwards 32.5% 1,547,857
     Green Howie Hawkins/Gloria Mattera 1.3% 59,906
     Rent is 2 Damn High Jimmy McMillan/No candidate 0.9% 41,129
     Libertarian Warren Redlich/Alden Link 1% 48,359
     Anti-Prohibition Kristin Davis/Tanya Gendelman 0.4% 20,421
     Freedom Charles Barron/Eva Doyle 0.5% 24,571
     Blank - 2.3% 107,823
     Void - 0.1% 3,963
     Scattering - 0.1% 4,836
Total Votes 4,769,741
Election Results via New York State Board of Elections


Though it was expected that he would make a second attempt to run for Governor of New York, he decided against it after State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer entered the gubernatorial race in late-2004. Cuomo later declared his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for New York Attorney General, which he received in late-May 2006 after obtaining sixty-percent of party delegate votes. In spite of this majority vote of confidence, "each of the other four Democrats whose names were placed in nomination vowed to get on the Sept. 12 primary ballot by undertaking a statewide petitioning drive."[52] These candidates included former New York City public advocate Mark Green, former United States Attorney Denise O'Donnell, Charlie King, and Sean P. Maloney, a former aide to President Bill Clinton; King would drop out of the race just prior to the primary election and endorsed Cuomo. Cuomo easily won the Democratic primary contest, defeating his nearest opponent, Mark Green, by over twenty percent of the vote.[53] He went on to effortlessly best former Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro in the general election, 58-40%, the closest statewide race that election cycle.[54]

New York Attorney General, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Cuomo 58.3% 2,509,311
     Republican Jeanine Pirro 39.3% 1,692,580
     Green Rachel Treichler 1.4% 61,849
     Libertarian Christopher B. Garvey 0.7% 29,413
     Socialist Workers Martin Koppel 0.2% 10,197
Total Votes 4,303,350
Election Results via New York Board of Elections

2006 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary Election[53]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Andrew Cuomo (D) 53.5%
Mark Green (D) 32.4%
Sean Patrick Maloney (D) 9.3%
Charles G. King (D) 4.8%
Total votes 755,008


In 2002, Cuomo ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination in the state's gubernatorial election. Despite rival Carl McCall being a favorite of the Democratic establishment, Cuomo's initial momentum heading into the campaign and his ability to lead both in terms of fundraising efforts as well as in the polls his prospects looked optimistic. The turning point in the campaign, however, came on April 17, 2002, when Cuomo criticized Republican incumbent George Pataki's conduct in the wake of the September 11 attacks. He remarked, "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."[55] His remarks were quickly derided and many Democratic officials began to widely distance themselves from his campaign. Cuomo withdrew his candidacy from consideration on the eve of the state convention, remarking that he stood little chance of garnering enough support to overtake the favored candidate, H. Carl McCall.[56] The late nature of his departure from the campaign resulted in his name being left on the ballot in both the primary and general election contests; he received only fourteen percent of the vote in the primary and sixteen-thousand votes out of a total of 2.2 million cast in the general election. McCall, who had received the nomination, was resoundly defeated by incumbent George Pataki.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cuomo is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Cuomo raised a total of $78,672,226 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.[57]

Andrew Cuomo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of New York Not up for election $21,387,022
2010 Governor of New York Won $26,362,964
2008 New York Attorney General Not up for election $6,547,422
2006 New York Attorney General Won $11,532,831
2004 New York Attorney General Not up for election $199,175
2002 Governor of New York Defeated $12,642,812
Grand Total Raised $78,672,226


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Andrew Cuomo's donors each year.[58] Click [show] for more information.


Cuomo is a 2000 recipient of the Freedom & Justice Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was married to Kerry Kennedy, the seventh child of Robert F. Kennedy, for 13 years. They have three children together, Cara, Michaela and Mariah, and were divorced in 2003. He is now in a relationship with television cooking show host Sandra Lee.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 New York Times, "Cuomo’s Re-election Machinery Is Already at Work," April 11, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Huffington Post, "Andrew Cuomo: Hillary Clinton Will Have No Bearing On 2016 Thinking," April 29, 2013
  3. City and State, "Albany Power 100 List – 10," April 23, 2013
  4. Biography.com, "Andrew Cuomo," accessed July 10, 2013
  5. Newsday, "Cuomo's bipartisan appeal drops, polls show," April 28, 2013
  6. USA Today, "Poll: N.Y. governor's popularity falls for 3rd month," accessed March 11, 2013
  7. Syracuse, "Andrew Cuomo's popularity hits all-time low among Republican voters, Quinnipiac polls says," March 19, 2013
  8. MSNBC, "Like father, like son: Mario and Andrew Cuomo and the story of political bravery," February 2, 2013
  9. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  10. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  11. Tom Precious, The Buffalo News, "Cuomo taking to TV to sell his budget plan," January 23, 2013
  12. John A. DeFrancisco, press release, "Senate Republicans call on Governor Cuomo to remove utility tax surcharge extension from executive budget," February 5, 2013
  13. E.J. McMahon, Empire State Center for New York Policy, "“No new taxes”? Not so fast," January 31, 2013
  14. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, "NY Rising: 2013-14 Executive Budget," January 22, 2013, p. 15
  15. E.J. McMahon, Albany Times Union, "A threat to pension solvency," January 29, 2013
  16. Joseph Spector, The Ithaca Journal, "DiNapoli raises concerns about Cuomo's pension plan," February 5, 2013
  17. Robert Steyer, Pensions & Investments, "NYSTRS taps Cheiron to analyze Gov. Cuomo pension proposal," February 14, 2013
  18. The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
  19. The New York Times, "Most states miss deadline to set up health exchange," December 14, 2012
  20. The Daily Times, "Governor Susana Martinez to tackle state-based health exchange," January 9, 2013
  21. Capitol Confidential, "Cuomo moves appointments office, knocks ‘patronage’," October 22, 2012
  22. Seattle PI, "NY seals 1st state gun laws since Newtown massacre," January 15, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 New York Governor Press, "Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Adding New York State to the National Popular Vote Compact," April 15, 2014
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 Spitzer's Staff Misused Police, Report Finds, "The New York Times," July 23, 2007
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Political offices
Preceded by
Eliot Spitzer (D)
New York Attorney General
Succeeded by
Eric Schneiderman (D)
Preceded by
David Paterson (D)
Governor of New York
Succeeded by