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Andrew Cuomo

by Amy Michelle Smith Photographed by Andrew Cuomo, Raymond Kelly== PARTNERSHIP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE Gala Dinner to Honor Commisioner RAYMOND KELLY== Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC== June 24, 2008== © Patrick McMullan== Photo - BILLY FARRELL/PatrickMcMullan.com== ==
Monday, June 20, 2011
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Cuomo with Raymond Kelly
Cuomo has had a phoenix-like resurrection since 2002, when he not only failed to get the democratic nomination for New York Governor against Carl McCall, but pulled out of the race before the primary. In 2006, he made a great comeback, emerging from a field that included Mark Green to win the attorney general race. As Attorney General, Cuomo boasted leadership skills in his efforts in his groundbreaking investigations into the state pension system (ending decades of government corruption), protecting investors from abuses on Wall Street and making the Internet safer for children nationwide. Cuomo waited out the governor race, working hard, putting his head down and shying away from and the democratic ducks fell in line. (First Spitzer imploded, then Paterson.) The father of three daughters, now the 56th gov. of New York State, was elected on November 2, 2010. Preceding his road to governor, Cuomo showcases a long record of fighting for justice and championing government reform. The graduate of Fordham University and Albany Law School started his reformation work by establishing Housing Enterprise for Less Privileged (HELP) in 1986, which became the nation’s largest private provider of transitional housing for the homeless. Leading to an appointment by New York City Mayor David Dinkins to head the New York City Commission on the Homeless, Cuomos effort’s advanced his career. A few years later, in 1997, Cuomo was then appointed by President Clinton to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As secretary, Cuomo made fighting racial discrimination a key focus and brought 2,000 anti-discrimination cases all across the country. The soon to be governor’s work earned HUD the prestigious “Innovations in American Government Award” from the Ford Foundation and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University on three different occasions.
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