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  • Guide to the Administration
    Andrew Cuomo
    (By Bill O'Leary
    for The Washington Post)
    Andrew Cuomo
    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

    Contact Information
    Background from The Post

    Solving housing problems has been an ambition for Andrew Cuomo since he founded two programs in New York during the 1980s. Cuomo has long championed a solution incorporating housing efforts, education, job training and drug and medical treatment, and brought that concept to HUD in 1993. A key architect of federal "empowerment zones" and HUD's restructuring, Cuomo has pledged continued reforms, including a public housing overhaul.

    Sworn in: Jan. 29, 1997 (nominated Dec. 20, 1996, confirmed Jan. 29, 1997)

    Succeeded: Henry Cisneros (1993-97)

    Previous occupation: HUD assistant secretary for Community Planning and Development, 1993-96; head of the New York City Commission on the Homeless, 1991; founder, Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (H.E.L.P.), 1986; founder, Genesis Project, designed to develop innovative approaches to urban revitalization, community development and tenant management; partner in the law firm of Blutrich, Falcone, and Miller; assistant district attorney in Manhattan, 1984; special assistant to Gov. Mario M. Cuomo (D-N.Y.); campaign manager, Cuomo for Governor campaign, 1982.

    Education: Fordham University (1979, B.A.); Albany Law School (1982)

    Hometown: Queens, New York City

    Date of Birth: Dec. 6, 1957

    Spouse: Kerry Kennedy Cuomo

    Children: Twin daughters, Cara and Mariah, born Jan. 11, 1995. A third daughter, Michaela Andrea, was born Aug. 26, 1997

    Religion: Roman Catholic

    Of note: Cuomo was an early prospect to challenge Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.) for his Senate seat in 1998, but his Cabinet appointment appears to have changed his plans. He is known as a close friend of Vice President Al Gore and helped him prepare for the 1996 vice presidential debates. "I will be at HUD for four years, maybe even eight years, in the first Gore term," Cuomo said in a 1996 Washington Post article. "That is, unless the president asks me to do something else, or nothing else. That would preclude any political ambitions," he said.

    Department of Housing and Urban Development
    451 7th St. SW
    Washington, D.C. 20410
    (202) 708-1112
    FAX: (202) 619-8153

    Background from The Post

    Cuomo Launches Anti-Poverty Campaign
    May 29, 1999
    No Progress Found on Affordable Housing
    April 29, 1998
    HUD Pushes Expansion Of Home Loan Program
    Feb. 18, 1998
    HUD Chief Sees Hard Winter For Homeless
    Dec. 9, 1997
    HUD Secretary Opposes GOP's Public Housing Bill
    May 18, 1997
    HUD Announces Complex Plan to Save Section 8
    April 24, 1997
    Cuomo Promotion Seems to Bar Challenge to D'Amato
    Dec. 21, 1996

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