Andrew Cuomo, New York state gubernatorial candidate, will announce his candidacy to upstate New York residents today at 1:45 p.m. in the A.D. White House.
Cuomo, son of Mario Cuomo, who served three terms as governor, is currently battling State Comptroller H. Carl McCall for the democratic nomination. The democratic candidate will challenge current Republican Governor George Pataki, who is running for his third term.
Cuomo is coming to Cornell as part of his four-day, twelve-city Announcement Tour. He visited Albany on Tuesday and plans to address crowds today in Utica, Syracuse, Buffalo and Ithaca.
“There is a large base of support for Cuomo at Cornell, and we are extremely excited that he selected Cornell for one of his stops,” said Jason Conn ’03, director of Cornell Students for Cuomo, one of the co-sponsors of the visit. The event is also being sponsored by the Cornell Democrats.
“Cuomo has said that education is one of the three critical areas that he would focus on during his tenure as governor,” Conn said.
“I think that his message will be embraced by students at Cornell, many of whom are products of the schools in New York State,” he added.
Besides announcing his candidacy this afternoon, Cuomo will also present his platform and stress the problems of upstate New York’s economy.
“Cuomo has a strong history of service at the State and Federal levels, and is the former Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. I believe that in his governorship he sees an opportunity to have a positive impact on New York, and continue his commitment to public service,” Conn said.
Cuomo has been involved in the field of human rights for 20 years and is currently Chair of the Amnesty International Leadership Council.
“Because Cornell has such a large number of organizations active in the field of human rights, I believe she will have a large following at the event as well,” Conn said.
Cuomo will be accompanied today by his wife, Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, a daughter of the late New York Sen. Robert Kennedy.
The event is free and open to the public.
Archived article by Marc Zawel