N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo signs deal for 2014 book

NEW YORK Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:14am EDT

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a swearing-in ceremony in the War Room of the Capitol in Albany, New York January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Groll

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a swearing-in ceremony in the War Room of the Capitol in Albany, New York January 1, 2011.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, considered a possible Democratic contender for the U.S. presidency in 2016, has signed a deal to write a biography that publisher HarperCollins said on Tuesday would be a "full and frank" look at his private and public life.

The publisher said it has acquired world rights to the as-yet untitled book, which it expects to be on the shelves in 2014.

The book will cover his years growing up in Queens, New York, his tenure as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton and his election to the state's top office in 2010.

"He will reveal the story of his history and will share personal and private moments that shaped his life: his father's legacy, his personal trials and tribulations, and his role as a father to his three girls, twins Mariah and Cara and his youngest, Michaela," HarperCollins said in a statement.

Cuomo's father, Mario, also served as governor of New York.

Cuomo, 55, was married to Kerry Kennedy, a daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, for more than a decade until their divorce in 2005. He lives with his girlfriend, Food Network host Sandra Lee, in Westchester County in New York.

The book will also cover his four years as New York's attorney general before becoming the state's 56th governor.

Cuomo will discuss several major events during his governorship, "from signing same-sex marriage legislation to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and his subsequent work with President Obama to help those who were ravaged by the storm," according to HarperCollins.

(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; editing by Jackie Frank)

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MichaelRS wrote:
Here’s the reality… Under Cuomo NY has experienced the demise of 39,453 NY state businesses last year, Cuomo is raiding $1.75 billion from the reserves of the already over budget State Insurance Fund (SIF). Cuomo can not even hold on to his democratic majority which is in the middle of a corruption scandal with “show-me-the-money culture” and “pay-to-play politics” throughout Albany. Cuomo has disenfranchised the Northern and Western part of New York with his SAFE Act. Cuomo is afraid to make a decision, either way with respect to fracking, gambling or abortions. No matter what your position is, Cuomo is leaving New Yorkers with no resolution to these issues or the ability to move forward. New York has the highest taxes in the nation, is the most indebted state, with 33 percent of income dedicated to borrowing. It is ranked as the least “business-friendly” state in the country and if that were not bad enough NY has the distinction of being the least free state in the union and is called the “Nanny State” with politicians legislating what we eat and drink. Municipal governments from Nassau County to Yonkers to Syracuse are teetering. And during Mr. Cuomo’s time in office, unemployment has risen above the national average. 9% of the state’s 2000 population left for another state between 2000 and 2011 — the highest such figure in the nation, see the study by George Mason’s independent libertarian-leaning Mercatus Center.

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