Born to immigrant parents in a Queens, New York, working-class neighbourhood, Andrew M. Cuomo was raised with a strong sense of community, the value of hard work, and a commitment to giving back to those less fortunate. His father, Mario, set a good example as a dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly on behalf of the community, and Mario Junior inherited this commitment to helping others.
At the age of sixteen, Andrew Cuomo helped his father with his first political campaign. By the time he was twenty-five, he was directing his brother Mario’s successful 1982 campaign for governor of New York State. He went from being a green campaign manager to a reform guru to a Clinton cabinet member to a trailblazing governor of his home state, all thanks to the lessons he learned along the way and the ideals he held dear.
All Things Possible is not a standard political memoir, but rather one man’s revelatory reflection on a life marked by a devotion to public service and the hard-won lessons learned from his hardships and accomplishments. In it, he lays out his unique approach to confronting the status quo.
By detailing his struggles to reform America’s approach to homelessness, restore Albany’s legislative process, and secure marriage equality for New Yorkers, Cuomo provides an encouraging model for improved political cooperation and efficiency.
Furthermore, he takes a frank look back at his failed gubernatorial bid in 2002, which marked the beginning of a dark period of political and personal turmoil, to demonstrate that success and failure are inextricably intertwined, that we should never lose sight of our roots, and that it is crucial to strike a healthy balance between our personal and professional lives. All that he has accomplished since his election victory in 2010 is proof that the key to success is not to never fail, but to get back up after each setback..
Many people think that I’m getting a second chance by getting involved in politics again. In my mind, it’s more like resurrecting from the dead. As a political Lazarus, I’ve learned that there is a silver lining: “When you endure your biggest fears, there is very little that can shake you.”