From Queens To The State House
Cuomo was born in the back of a mom and pop grocery store in South
went on to become "the governor of the greatest state in the
greatest nation in the world."
attended local public schools and eventually graduated from St. Johns
University Law School.
beanball ended his career as a fledgling centerfielder for the
Pittsburgh Pirates organization, baseball having been something Cuomo
learned to play on the south Queens playing fields coached by local
legend Joe Austin.
the late 50s he began a career in law
catapulted him into political life when he won a landmark case in
was hired to by a group of rag tag junkyard owners in Willets point to
fight legendary Queens developing magnate Robert Moses, who wanted to
sweep the place clean and make way for his 1964 Worlds Fair.
Bulldozing the eyesore and covering up the scar with a nice, new park
would have made visitors smile, but it would been a trail of tears for
the business owners in the area, and a forced exodus for the 69
households set to be scrapped in the redevelopment plans.
a little known attorney, who had recently jettisoned his professional
baseball dreams and settled on a law career, was an underdog of David
and Goliath proportions. No one thought he had a chance of winning. He
1977, Cuomo was persuaded to run for mayor in a bitter election he lost
to Ed Koch but in 1982, the tables turned and Cuomo beat Koch in a
primary for governor.