At a Glance
- Career History: New York Attorney General (since 2007); Consultant, Island Capital Group (2003-2006); Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (1997-2001)
- Birthday: December 6, 1957
- Hometown: Queens, N.Y.
- Alma Mater: Fordham University, B.A. 1979; Albany Law School, J.D. 1982
- Spouse: Divorced
- Religion: Catholic
- Offices: Office of the Attorney GeneralState Capitol Albany, N.Y., 12224-0341,518-474-5481;120 Broadway, New York City, N.Y.,10271-0332, 212-416-8000
Path to Power
Cuomo was born in 1957 to Matilda and Mario Cuomo, a Queens lawyer whose rise to the top of New York politics began in the 1970s. Andrew got an early start in the family business working on his father's campaigns. Among Andrew's tasks as a teenager, Mario Cuomo later told a reporter, was "putting my posters up and pulling the other guy's down."
Andrew Cuomo graduated from Fordham University and then Albany Law School, but he remained his father's closest adviser. He ran Mario's winning campaign for governor of New York in 1982, and at 25, took a job as a $1-a-year senior adviser in the state Capitol. The younger Cuomo became known as the governor's enforcer, a role that brought him both influence and enemies. "I was my father's campaign manager,'" he told the New York Times in 2006. "When you do it right, you are by definition a lightning rod."
Cuomo's political leanings fall well within the mainstream of the Democratic Party, although his influence is said to stem as much from the New Democratic politics of the Clinton administration as from his famously liberal father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo (D-N.Y.). He supports abortion rights and opposes the death penalty. During his 2006 campaign for attorney general, Cuomo voiced support for same-sex marriage, which drew criticism from some of his opponents who recalled that he backed only civil unions during his 2002 gubernatorial bid.
As the housing and financial markets plummeted in 2007 and 2008, Cuomo launched far-reaching investigations into the mortgage and securities industry, whose heart lies in New York. He issued subpoenas to both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, later reaching a settlement in which the home-loan giants agreed to only buy mortgages from banks that met new and higher standards. He also forced the three major credit-ratings agencies to overhaul how they evaluated mortgage-backed securities.
While Cuomo has focused much of his political attention on building - and in some cases rebuilding - relationships in New York as he considers a second run for governor , he retains close ties to Clinton , his former boss, and to Gore . He endorsed then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary, though he strongly supported Barack Obama after she left the race.