Andrew M. Cuomo Esq.
- Homepage: http://andrewcuomo.com/
June 2007: "Andrew Cuomo was elected the 64th Attorney General of New York State on November 7, 2006. As Attorney General, Cuomo is the highest ranking law enforcement officer for the State, responsible for representing New York and its residents in legal matters. Cuomo has a long record of fighting for justice and championing government reform.
In 1996 President Clinton nominated Cuomo to serve in his Cabinet as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Under his leadership, HUD was transformed from a bureaucratic backwater rife with waste, fraud and abuse to a revitalized engine for economic development and unprecedented housing opportunities. Cuomo brought dramatic reforms to make government efficient and competent while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
Cuomo'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 separate occasions.
As Secretary, Cuomo made fighting racial discrimination a key focus and brought 2,000 anti-discrimination cases all across the country. In addition, Cuomo led a national coalition of 400 mayors and law enforcement officials to fight the scourge of gun violence. The effort included the successful negotiation of a global settlement designed to change the way gun manufacturers design, market and distribute hand guns.
Cuomo established Housing Enterprise for Less Privileged (HELP) in 1986, which became the nation's largest private provider of transitional housing for the homeless. Based on his pioneering work through HELP, Cuomo was appointed by New York City Mayor David Dinkins in 1991 to lead the New York City Commission on the Homeless.
Cuomo first practiced law as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan. He has also worked as a partner in a New York City law firm and was Of Counsel at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.
Cuomo graduated from Fordham University in 1979 and Albany Law School in 1982."http://www.oag.state.ny.us/bio.html
July 2011: "The agreement has an unlikely origin: it came about as a result of an effort to crack down on child pornography that was led by Andrew M. Cuomo while he was the New York attorney general."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/08/technology/to-slow-piracy-internet-providers-ready-penalties.html
June 2011: "But the unexpected victory had a clear champion: Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat who pledged last year to support same-sex marriage but whose early months in office were dominated by intense battles with lawmakers and some labor unions over spending cuts."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/nyregion/gay-marriage-approved-by-new-york-senate.html
June 2011: "In New York, meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a bill Tuesday that would legalize same-sex marriage, effectively delivering on a promise he has made since taking office in January."http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/06/14/california.same.sex.ruling/index.html
January 2011: "State officials from both parties are wrestling with ways to curb the salaries and pensions of government employees, which typically make up a significant percentage of state budgets. On Wednesday, for example, New York’s new Democratic governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, is expected to call for a one-year salary freeze for state workers, a move that would save $200 million to $400 million and challenge labor’s traditional clout in Albany."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/04/business/04labor.html
December 2010: "The big accounting firm Ernst & Young helped Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers conceal its deteriorating financial condition before Lehman's historic collapse, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo charged Tuesday."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/21/AR2010122103973.html
May 2010: "The New York attorney general has started an investigation of eight banks to determine whether they provided misleading information to rating agencies in order to inflate the grades of certain mortgage securities, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/13/business/13street.html
April 2010: "ALBANY — College-sponsored health plans often pay out far less in benefits than they collect in premiums, skirting state regulations and shortchanging students, according to an investigation by Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s office. Many plans also do not cover common situations that affect students, including injuries suffered in suicide attempts or while drunk. And some colleges force students to purchase college-sponsored coverage even if they are enrolled in a parent’s plan or covered by Medicaid."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/09/nyregion/09college.html
March 2010: "In the domestic violence case, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo is investigating whether the governor or other state officials pressured a woman who said she was assaulted by Mr. Johnson so that she would not pursue an order of protection against the aide. Mr. Paterson is expected to be questioned under oath in that inquiry."http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/04/nyregion/04paterson.html
August 2009: '“There’s a thin line between clever and stupid,” went the faux maxim from Spinal Tap, yet it seems to apply pretty well to Web startups. One of the most notoriously over-the-line is the social-networking site Tagged.com, which New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he plans to sue for false advertising, deceptive business, and identity theft.'http://brainstormtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2009/08/07/meet-the-worlds-most-annoying-website/
July 2009: "The figures released on Thursday by the New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, provided the most detailed accounting yet of Wall Street’s millionaire ranks. In the report, Mr. Cuomo said that 738 bankers and traders at Citigroup took home bonuses of $1 million or more in 2008 even as the bank posted a $27.7 billion loss. In all, Citigroup paid $5.33 billion in bonuses; it received $45 billion in bailout funds."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/31/business/31pay.html
July 2009: '"When the banks did well, their employees were paid well," Cuomo said in the report. "When the banks did poorly, their employees were paid well. And when the banks did very poorly, they were bailed out by taxpayers and their employees were still paid well."'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/30/AR2009073001581.html
July 2009: 'Andrew M. Cuomo, New York’s attorney general, said in a statement that Lifestyle Lift’s “attempt to generate business by duping consumers was cynical, manipulative and illegal.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/technology/internet/15lift.html
June 2009: 'In a statement, New York’s current attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, called the decision “a huge win for consumers across the nation.” In a reference to the nation’s economic crisis, Mr. Cuomo added, “the court has recognized that fair lending and consumer protection — the cornerstones of a sound economy — require the cooperative efforts of both the states and the federal government.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/30/business/30bizcourt.html
June 2009: "The New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, announced this month that he intended to file a civil lawsuit against the American Modification Agency, a company based in Uniondale, N.Y., that markets itself as a loan-modification specialist under the Amerimod brand. He said he had also issued subpoenas to 14 other loan-modification companies."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/realestate/21mort.html
June 2009: "This week, the New York attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, said he planned to sue one company, Amerimod, of Uniondale, N.Y., and its owner. He also announced plans to investigate 14 other loan modification companies that his office received about 50 complaints about. The Federal Trade Commission has brought about 11 cases against similar companies in the last year and sent warning letters to 71 more for marketing potentially deceptive relief programs."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/13/your-money/mortgages/13scam.html
June 2009: "City and state officials across the nation have investigated and sometimes sued Wells Fargo over its practices. The Illinois attorney general has investigated whether Wells Fargo Financial violated fair lending and civil rights laws by steering black and Latino homeowners into high-interest loans. New York’s attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, raised similar questions about the lending practices of Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, among other banks."http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/07/us/07baltimore.html
December 2008: '“Paying executives at Merrill millions each in ‘performance’ bonuses in this context would be oxymoronic to say the least and certainly a thumb in the eye to taxpayers,” Andrew M. Cuomo, the attorney general of New York, wrote in a letter to Merrill’s board on Monday after The Wall Street Journal ran an article about Mr. Thain’s bonus wishes.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/09/business/09pay.html
December 2008: "In 1997, a Post reporter asked HUD why Crawford had been given $25 million even though he had been fired by the agency years earlier, prompting then-HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo to direct the inspector general to review the project. The inspector general's report, which looked only at the start-up of the project, recommended, among other things, that HUD provide more oversight to ensure that the original tenants had the opportunity to buy the new houses."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/05/AR2008120502816.html
October 2008: "So, it's no surprise that politicians are getting involved. U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wrote letters to the heads of nine financial firms asking about their compensation plans in light of the bailout. (TARP does have some restrictions on top executive pay.) And New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo followed suit with letters of his own asking for similar information."http://www.forbes.com/business/2008/10/30/wall-street-bonuses-pf-ii-in_hg_1030soapbox_inl.html
October 2008: "Child porn foes give proposal to AOL A PowerPoint slide show from Brilliant Digital Entertainment describing the technology was passed on to AOL last month by two powerful forces in the fight against child porn: the office of New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, who has been calling out ISPs that won't agree to block sites with illegal images, and Ernest E. Allen, the president and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a nonprofit given by Congress a central role in the fight."http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27198621
October 2008: "The moves are the latest steps in an effort by the attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, to prevent bonuses and other compensation to former executives at A.I.G., which in recent weeks has received tens of billions of dollars in loans from the Federal Reserve."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/23/business/23aig.html
July 2008: 'The book-royalty arrangements resemble a practice exposed during last year's student-loan scandal, when some universities steered students to particular lending firms and received a secret cut of the loans. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo called those payments "kickbacks" and forced universities, many of which said they used the money to fund scholarships, to halt the practice. Mr. Cuomo recently launched a broad conflict-of-interest investigation of the relationship between colleges and vendors, including book publishers.'http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121565135185141235.html
July 2008: "Unable to stop purveyors of child pornography directly, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo recently persuaded three major access providers to disable online newsgroups that distribute such images. But rather than cut off those specific newsgroups, all three decided to reduce administrative hassles by also disabling thousands of legitimate groups devoted to TV shows, the New York Mets and other topics."http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080706/ap_on_hi_te/tec_disappearing_freedoms
September 2007: 'Mr. Cuomo is in the middle of a two-year investigation into fraud in the home health industry, including scores of cases involving schools that improperly issued training certificates and agencies that billed Medicaid for work that was never done. One aide claimed to be working 24 hours a day while she was in North Carolina belting out “Be My Love” to the judges of “American Idol.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/02/nyregion/02fraud.html
March 2008: 'A federal appellate court on Tuesday rejected New York State’s attempt to penalize airlines for not providing adequate services to passengers trapped on planes at airports for more than three hours.....Michael N. Gianaris, a Democratic assemblyman from Queens and one of the main sponsors of the passenger-rights law, said he and the New York State attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, might appeal to the United States Supreme Court.”'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/26/nyregion/26passenger.html
February 2008: '“We believe there was an industrywide scheme perpetuated by some of the nation’s largest health insurers to deceive and defraud consumers,” Mr. Cuomo said at a news conference. He said that the practice had gone on for more than a decade, potentially adding hundreds of millions of dollars to the out-of-pocket medical expenses of the nation’s consumers.'http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/13/business/13cnd-health.html
December 2007: "Over the next year, the rankings will become more transparent and thorough under agreements reached in recent months between several of the biggest health insurers and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint have said they'll apply the agreed-upon approach to their ratings nationwide."http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB119776597524732041.html
January 2008: "The agreement, which was confirmed by Mr. Cuomo’s office and Clayton, forwards an investigation by the attorney general into the question of whether the investment banks held back information they should have provided in the disclosures that accompanied the huge packages of loans they offered as securities."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/business/27subprime.html
January 2008: "As defaults and foreclosures rise, the various players in the housing market are all pointing fingers at each other. State prosecutors like Andrew M. Cuomo, the attorney general of New York, are investigating whether investment banks that packaged mortgages into securities disclosed the risks to investors and credit ratings agencies. Investment banks, in turn, are accusing lenders and mortgage brokers of shoddy business practices."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/22/business/22legal.html
January 2008: "Investigators for Andrew M. Cuomo, the attorney general, are asking about who at each college is responsible for approving contracts related to study abroad, how each institution selects the programs it approves and whether it has received anything of value from a study abroad provider, among other issues, said the lawyer and representatives of some of the colleges that received the subpoenas and requests."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/21/us/21cuomo.html
January 2008: "ALBANY — The New York State attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, issued a wide-ranging subpoena to the Intel Corporation on Thursday as part of an investigation into whether the company violated federal or state antitrust laws in the way that it priced and sold microprocessors."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/11/technology/11chip.html
November 2007: The suit filed Thursday in a New York court by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo doesn't name Seattle-based WaMu as a defendant. Instead, it charges First American Corp. and its eAppraiseIT subsidiary of engaging in 'deceptive, fraudulent and illegal business practices.'http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/337675_appraisal02.html
August 2007: ALBANY, Aug. 20 — Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo issued subpoenas on Monday to dozens of agencies that provide home health care aides to Medicaid patients in the New York City area, saying preliminary evidence suggested that the home aide industry was rife with fraud.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/21/nyregion/21cuomo.html
July 2007: Linda A. Lacewell, a senior lawyer in the office of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, wrote in the letter that the ranking would apparently be used to steer consumers toward selected doctors. “To compound the situation,” she wrote, “we understand that employers may act on these ‘ratings’ to offer financial inducements such as lower co-payments or deductibles to promote ‘cost-effective’ doctors to their employees.”http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/14/nyregion/14healthcare.html
June 2007: '“What criteria are they using in the underwriting of these [student --Ed.] loans?” Mr. Cuomo asked. “Parental income? Student income? Student credit worthiness? How about the school you attend? How is that weighted?”'http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/06/education/06cnd-loan.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Student/Trainee (past or present) Albany Law School (ALS) Organization Jun 12, 2007 Member of (past or present) Democratic Party / Democratic National Committee (DNC) Organization Jun 12, 2007 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Organization Jun 12, 2007 Student/Trainee (past or present) Fordham University Organization Jun 12, 2007 Cooperation (past or present) National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) Organization Jun 11, 2008 Appointed/Selected by Subordinate of (past or present) President William ("Bill") Jefferson Clinton Person Jun 12, 2007 Family Member Gov. Mario Matthew Cuomo Person Jun 12, 2007 Advised by (past or present) Prof. Jerry H. Goldfeder Esq. Person Oct 24, 2008 Financial Recipient from (past or present) Norman Hsu Person Apr 24, 2008 Successor to Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer Esq. Person Dec 5, 2007
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QUOTE: College-sponsored health plans often pay out far less in benefits than they collect in premiums, skirting state regulations and shortchanging students, according to an investigation by Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s office. Many plans also do not cover common situations that affect students...
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QUOTE: Gov. David A. Paterson falsely testified under oath during an ethics investigation into his acceptance of free World Series tickets last fall, according to the State Commission on Public Integrity, which announced on Wednesday that it had asked prosecutors to determine if criminal charges should be brought against the governor.
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QUOTE: ...New York’s attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, filed a federal antitrust lawsuit Wednesday against Intel, the world’s largest chip maker.
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QUOTE: The Home Valuation Code of Conduct is setting off a bitter battle. Mortgage brokers, lenders, real estate agents, regulators and appraisers are all arguing over whether an effort to fix one problem has created many new ones.
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QUOTE: New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he plans to sue [Tagged.com] for false advertising, deceptive business, and identity theft.
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QUOTE: The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday charged Bank of America with lying to investors about its plan to pay billions of dollars in bonuses to employees of Merrill Lynch.
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QUOTE: Compensation practices at the nation's largest banks have become "unmoored" from their financial performance, according to a report released Thursday by the New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
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QUOTE: 4,793 bankers and traders were paid more than $1 million in bonuses last year even as profits at the biggest banks dwindled and they accepted tens of billions of dollars of taxpayer money, according to a report released on Thursday by the New York attorney general’s office....The new rules call for a “say-on-pay” vote for all public companies and additional requirements that compensation committees be made up of independent directors, and would order regulators to restrict "inappropriate or imprudently risky" pay packages at larger banks.
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