Andrew Cuomo is an American Democratic Party politician who is an author, lawyer and, as of January 1, 2011, the 56th Governor of New York. His political career goes back to his time as his father’s campaign manager – when his father was governor of New York for three terms.
Andrew Cuomo Bio
He was born on December 6, 1957, in Queens Borough, New York, where he grew up as the eldest son of his parents of Italian descent. His mother is Matilda (née Raffa) and his father, the late Governor Mario Cuomo, was a lawyer before he took over the leadership of the state.
A graduate of Fordham University and Albany Law School at Union University, New York, Cuomo entered politics as his father’s campaign manager. He also practiced his profession as an assistant district attorney in the city before he went into the private sector. He is the founder of HELP USA, the housing company for the less privileged, and later the New York City Homeless Commission (1990-1993).
He has held various government offices, including Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development during the Clinton administration (May 28, 1993 – January 29, 1996), 11th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (January 29, 1997 – January 20, 2001), 64th Attorney General of New York (January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2010), and won the 2010 gubernatorial election for the 56th term as Secretary of State.
Governor of New York. After his second term expired, he ran for a third term as governor in the 2018 gubernatorial elections in New York. After the primary, which was contested by 93% of the precincts, Cuomo won with 65% of the votes against the 35% of the votes of his opponent, the actress, and activist Cynthia Nixon.
In his two terms as governor, his leadership is credited with making the state a beacon of social progress in the nation, strengthening the economy, creating a cleaner environment and a fairer criminal justice system, and getting more high school graduates into college than before.
Its administration is taking credit for enacting a progressive tax law, preserving more land, launching the country’s most ambitious infrastructure program such as the reconstruction of Penn Station, the new Mario Cuomo Bridge, LaGuardia, and JFK airports. They also boast of having made historic investments in economic development, education, and health care, thus saving the State of New York from being “treated as the forgotten stepchild of Albany.
With everything that goes with it – political and humanitarian accomplishments, read on to learn more about his personal life; assets, who his brother Chris Cuomo is, and Andrew Cuomo’s relationship with his wife or girlfriend Sandra Lee.
Judging by his career as a politician, Andrew Cuomo has net assets of $5 million. It has been noted that during the time he was a top political advisor to his father’s staff, he received only $1 per year in salary.
As of 2017, his net worth was set at $7 million, and in 2018 it is expected to be $6.5 million. As far as we know, his sources of income range from politics to writing and investing in real estate.
Not that the position in a public office has any appeal. According to an analysis of governor salaries in 2016, the payroll data of all 50 states show that the average U.S. governor earns an annual salary of $137,415. This is calculated with a variance of only $70,000 to $200,000 per year.
Andrew Cuomo, on the other hand, ranks fourth on the list of highest-paid governors with a salary of $179,000, as reported by Biz Journals 2016
Cuomo is an advocate for young people whom he challenges to make something big out of their lives. He is also a popular figure among writers, as he is also the author of a number of books, including All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life (2014); Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photographer (2013); and Crossroads: The Future of American Politics (2003).
Wife or Girlfriend – Sandra Lee
Andrew Cuomo lives with his partner/girlfriend of 13 years, Sandra Lee, and his three daughters in Mount Kisco, Westchester County, New York.
His ex-wife is Kerry Kennedy, the seventh child of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy, whom he married on June 9, 1990, and whose daughters he had: twins, Cara Ethel Kennedy-Cuomo and Mariah Matilda Kennedy-Cuomo and Michaela Andrea Kennedy-Cuomo.
Six years after his divorce in 2005, he began living with Sandra Lee, who is the cook and hostess at Food Network. The duo has been together since 2005.
Brother – Chris Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo’s younger brother, Chris Cuomo, is a television journalist known for his regular weekly evening show Cuomo Prime Time. He currently works for CNN and was previously the chief legal correspondent for ABC News and co-host of ABC’s 20/20.
Besides Chris, he has three sisters, Margeret I. Cuomo, Maria Cuomo Cole, and Madeline Cuomo.