Andrew Cuomo

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BornAndrew Mark Cuomo
Queens, New York, U.S.
Alma materFordham University, Albany Law School
ReligionRoman Catholic
SpouseKerry Kennedy

[[|x22px|link=Governor of New York]] Governor of New York

In office
January 1, 2011 - Present

[[|x22px|link=Attorney General of New York]] Attorney General of New York

In office
January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2010
Preceded byEliot Spitzer
Succeeded byEric Schneiderman

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In office
January 29, 1997 - January 20, 2001

Andrew Cuomo is an American Democratic Party politician serving as the 56th Governor of New York. Cuomo was elected in 2010, holding the same position his father, Mario Cuomo, held from 1983 to 1994.

Cuomo began his career working as campaign manager for his father then served as an assistant district attorney in New York City before entering private practice. He founded the Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged and was appointed Chairman of the New York City Homeless Commission, where he served from 1990 to 1993.

Political career

Mario Cuomo joined the Clinton Administration in 1993 when he was appointed assistant secretary for Community Planning and Development in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He then served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 to 2001.

After a failed campaign for governor in 2002, Cuomo was elected Attorney General of New York in 2006. In May 2010, Cuomo announced he was running for governor in the 2010 election. He won with 63% of the vote. During his first term, New York legalised same-sex marriage and toughened gun control. Cuomo was elected to a second term in 2014, with 54% of the vote.[1]

The Moreland Commission

Full article: The Moreland Commission

In July 2013, Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the “Commission To Investigate Public Corruption” (aka “The Moreland Commission”) to great fanfare, summing up his motivation succinctly:

“It’s about trust… it's about people’s trust of government… we want to restore the trust”.[2]

Cuomo divestment contrast

Cuomo divestment contrast: Andrew and Israel & Mario and apartheid South Africa

On 7 June 2016, the day that Hillary Clinton claimed the status of presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party in the 2016 US presidential election,[3] Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order requiring state agencies and authorities to divest from any company or institution that supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel. The order not only threatens to punish constitutionally protected political speech but also requires the State of New York to create a blacklist of allies of the movement, which BDS supporters describe as an effort to ensure human rights for Palestinians.

“It’s very simple: If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you,” Cuomo said when he announced the order.[4]

Cuomo's executive order blacklisting BDS over its Israel divestment policy stands in stark contrast to the legislative action proposed by his father Governor Mario Cuomo in 1985 which required the divestment of billions of dollars in state funds from apartheid South Africa, including about $4.4 billion in employees' and teachers' pension funds which were invested in hundreds of American companies doing business with the apartheid regime. Mario Cuomo said:

"I have concluded that New York State should adopt a comprehensive and responsible strategy to demonstrate the abhorrence of our residents to the pernicious system of apartheid."[5]

On 14 June 2016, an article on Facebook concluded:

"If he were alive today, would Mario be ashamed of his Zionist son, Andrew?"[6]