Andrew Cuomo is the 56th Governor of New York, having assumed office on January 1, 2011. As Governor, he has fought for social, racial, and economic justice for all New Yorkers. His fight for justice focused on helping the neediest and addressing one of the most desperate situations of the time: homelessness. At the age of 28, Cuomo founded the Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP), a not-for-profit that set a national model for serving the homeless. Cuomo also got the state-building again—taking on projects that had been stalled for decades and using union labor every step of the way.
Under his leadership, New York passed marriage equality, a $15 minimum wage, the strongest paid family leave program in the nation, the strongest gun safety laws in the nation, equal rights for women, greater protections for immigrants, New York passed the largest investment in education in state history, cut taxes for the middle class, implemented a 2% property tax cap, put more New Yorkers to work than ever before, and became the first state in the nation to offer free college tuition for middle-class families.