About Andrew Cuomo
Andrew M. Cuomo is the 56th governor of New York State, having assumed office on January 1, 2011. Governor Cuomo has a lifelong commitment to public service and the proven leadership skills to make government work for the people of the state.
As governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo has worked tirelessly to make communities across the state stronger and safer for all New Yorkers. Governor Cuomo set out a transformational plan to restore New York to greatness and thanks to his accomplishments. New York is once again the progressive capital of the nation.
This includes groundbreaking accomplishments like passing marriage equality, a $15 statewide minimum wage and enacting the nation’s strongest paid family leave program.
Governor Cuomo also implemented comprehensive policies to combat sexual violence on college campuses, passed reforms to combat New York’s heroin and opioid epidemic, and created a path to ending the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020.
Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, state education aid has increased by $6.1 billion or 31 percent over the last six years to its highest level ever – $24.8 billion. Major infrastructure projects such as the long-stalled Second Avenue Subway extension and the much-needed construction of LaGuardia Airport are moving forward, and Governor Cuomo’s administration has invested nearly $4 billion through the Regional Council and Upstate Revitalization initiatives to jumpstart the economy and support local priorities for development. Since Governor Cuomo took office, the unemployment rate has declined in every region of the state, and New York now has 7.9 million private sector jobs, more than at any point in state history.
Governor Cuomo restored fiscal discipline to state government. Governor Cuomo closed a $10 billion deficit in his first budget and has remained committed to fiscal responsibility with state spending growing by less than 2 percent each year since he took office.
The state also enacted its first-ever property tax cap to keep communities affordable for homeowners, renters, and businesses. But Governor Cuomo didn’t stop there: homeowners have seen their property taxes frozen and slashed even lower over the last few years. Every New Yorker now pays a lower tax rate than they did before Governor Cuomo took office. To spur job creation, Governor Cuomo cut the corporate tax rate to the lowest since 1968 and the manufacturer’s tax rate (zero) to its lowest since 1917.
Prior to his election as governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo served four years as the state’s Attorney General. As the top legal officer, he made restoring public trust in government and protecting New York taxpayers the top priorities for his office.
Andrew Cuomo resides in Mount Kisco in Westchester County and is the father of three daughters, twins Mariah and Cara, and Michaela.