Andrew Cuomo is an American politician of the Democratic Party, who is an author, a lawyer and the 56th Governor of New York from January 1, 2011. His political career can be dated back to his time as his father campaign manager – as his father, Mario Cuomo served as the governor of NY for three terms.
Andrew Cuomo Bio
He was born in the Queens Borough of New York on December 6, 1957, where he was raised as the eldest son of his parents who are of Italian descent. His mother is Matilda (née Raffa) and his father, late Governor Mario Cuomo was a lawyer before he assuming the leadership position of the state.
As a graduate of Fordham University and Albany Law School of Union University, New York, Cuomo joined politics as the campaign manager for his father. He also practiced his profession as an assistant district attorney in the city before going private. He is the founder of HELP USA, the Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged and later became the New York City Homeless Commission (1990-1993).
He had held several government positions including, Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development during the Clinton Administration (May 28, 1993 – January 29, 1996); served as the 11th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (January 29, 1997 – January 20, 2001); became the 64th Attorney General of New York (January 1, 2007- December 31, 2010); and won 2010 gubernatorial governorship election to become the 56th Governor of New York.
He contested for a third tenure as governor in the 2018 New York gubernatorial election after his second term elapsed. After the primary election, with 93% of precincts reporting, Cuomo won by 65% of the vote against his opponent, actress-and-activist Cynthia Nixon’s 35%.
In his two terms as the governor, his leadership is credited with making the state a beacon for social progress in the nation, making it a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, a fairer criminal justice system, and producing more high school graduates attending college than before.
His administration takes credits for enacting progressive tax code, conservation of more lands, launching the most ambitious infrastructure program in the country such as rebuilding the Penn Station, the new Mario Cuomo bridge, LaGuardia and JFK airports. They also boast of making historic investments in economic development, education, and healthcare, thereby saving upstate New York from being “treated as the forgotten stepchild of Albany.”
With all that said – political and humanitarian achievements, read on to find out more about his personal life; net worth, who his brother, Chris Cuomo is and Andrew Cuomo’s relationship with wife or girlfriend, Sandra Lee.
Judging from his career as a politician, Andrew Cuomo has a net worth of $5 million. It was recorded that during the time he became one of his father’s staff as a top policy advisor, he was collecting just $1 a year as salary.
As of 2017, his net worth was pegged at $7 million and in 2018, it reported to be $6.5 million. For all we know, his source of earning span from politics to writing and investments in properties.
Not that the position in public office holds any attractions. According to a 2016 analysis of state governor salaries, the payroll data from all 50 states shows that the average U.S. governor earns $137,415 in annual salary. This is calculated with variance ranging from as low as $70,000 to $200,000 per year.
Andrew Cuomo on the other hand, ranked No. 4 on the list of highest paid governors with a salary of $179,000 as reported by Biz Journals in 2016
Cuomo is an advocate for youths who he challenges to make something great out of their lives. He is also a popular figure among writers as he is also an 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).
Brother – Chris Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo’s younger brother, Chris Cuomo, is a TV journalist who is well known for the regular weeknight show, Cuomo Prime Time. He is currently working with CNN and has previously been the chief law and justice correspondent for ABC News as well as the co-anchor for ABC’s 20/20.
Besides Chris, he also has three sisters, Margeret I. Cuomo, Maria Cuomo Cole, and Madeline Cuomo.
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 had their daughters: twins, Cara Ethel Kennedy-Cuomo and Mariah Matilda Kennedy-Cuomo and Michaela Andrea Kennedy-Cuomo.
Six years after his divorce was finalized in 2005, he started living with Sandra Lee who is a chef and host on Food Network. The duo has been dating since 2005.