Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
A native of Queens, New York, Governor Cuomo earned a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in 1979 and his law degree from Albany Law School in 1982. Cuomo first practiced law as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and has served in the positions of partner and of-counsel at New York City law firms. He established the Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP) in 1986, which became the nation’s largest private provider of transitional housing for the homeless. Based on his work through HELP, Cuomo was appointed by New York City mayor David Dinkins in 1991 to lead the New York City Commission on the Homeless. In 1993 he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He became secretary of the agency in 1997 and served in that capacity until 2001. Cuomo was elected New York’s attorney general in 2006 and served for four years, until he was elected governor in 2010.