Andrew M. Cuomo
BACKGROUND: Cuomo, 60, has been governor for two terms. Previously, he served one term as state attorney general and was federal housing secretary during President Bill Clinton’s second term. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002. His father, Mario Cuomo, was a three-time governor. He graduated from Fordham University and Albany Law School of Union University. He was married to Kerry Kennedy; they had three daughters before divorcing. He has been a domestic partner of Food Network star Sandra Lee for more than a decade.
ISSUES: In his second term, Cuomo noticeably has tacked left, pushing “progressive” issues such as raising the minimum wage and expanding financial aid to public college students. He also touts first-term liberal measures, such as legalizing same-sex marriage and strengthening gun control. But he shifted positions on some issues since Cynthia Nixon entered the race: Once a marijuana opponent, he’s now considering legalizing it. Once a backer of linking students’ standardized test scores to teachers’ evaluations, he wants to de-link the two. He also sought to portray his administration as a bulwark opposing the Trump administration, fighting it on immigration, education, environmental and tax policies. When President Donald Trump nominated a conservative judge to the U.S. Supreme Court, Cuomo called for state ratification rights currently guaranteed under Roe v. Wade. He also criticized the president’s hurricane response in Puerto Rico and has made numerous trips to that island, pushing assistance efforts — which might help him among Latino voters. More than pushing new issues for a third term, Cuomo primarily is promoting his “proven leadership” by touting his accomplishments over the past eight years.
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