Andrew Cuomo Explains His Presidential-Sounding Book

Governor Andrew Cuomo is writing a book about himself. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Governor Andrew Cuomo is writing a book about himself. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

It’s become standard practice for presidential candidates to release personal memoirs outlining their governmental philosophy, and although Governor Andrew Cuomo insists he’s focused on New York, he’s soon to follow down that well-tread electoral path. The book, like Hillary Clinton’s–another prominent potential White House contender–is slated to emerge next year.

“This is a private book. It’s not a government book,” he told reporters during an unrelated press conference in Albany. It doesn’t yet have a name, but as Mr. Cuomo described it, the memoir will be sure to address how he approaches government and tout his accomplishments.

“It’s going to be a book about my experiences, my thoughts, my thoughts about government and the role of government,” he added, explaining that it would also include some of the lessons he’s learned leading the state. “Some of the things that we’ve worked on.”

Mr. Cuomo had previously been cooperating on a separate book by Albany radio host and New York Post writer Fred Dicker, who was once seen as a mouthpiece for the governor. But their relationship has soured in recent months as Mr. Cuomo’s agenda has shifted to the left.

A HarperCollins spokeswoman said the host is still under contract for his book, but its status and the question of Mr. Cu0mo’s participation remain unclear.

On his radio show Tuesday, Mr. Dicker insisted their fallout had nothing to do with the Governor’s decision to choose to write a book himself.

“In fact, as I’m sure the governor would concede if he talks about it at all, it had nothing at all to do with the things that have transpired,” he said. “Completely separate and not even relevant in discussion of it. At some point, maybe I’ll say more, but right now that’s all I can say.”

He will receive an advance from the publisher, but said the amount has not yet been set.

“We’re working through some of the details of the contract still,” he said.

Here’s more from Harper Collins:

Governor Cuomo’s book will be a full and frank look at his public and private life—from his formative years in Queens, New York, his long record of fighting for justice and championing government reform, his commitment to public service, and his election and service as the 56th Governor of New York State.  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.

Prior to his election as Governor, Andrew Cuomo served four years as New York’s Attorney General. As the state’s top legal officer, he brought national reform to the student loan industry, uncovered fraud within the largest health insurers in the country, protected investors from abuses on Wall Street, and made the Internet safer for children nationwide. His groundbreaking investigations into the state pension system ended decades of government corruption in New York and set a model for public pension funds across the country.

Governor Cuomo’s book will also chronicle his years as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Clinton where he brought dramatic reforms to make government efficient and competent while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

In addition, 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.

Governor Cuomo will discuss the many profound moments in his first term as governor—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.   Most recently, in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Governor Cuomo signed a groundbreaking gun control policy called the NY SAFE Act into law.

The deal was negotiated by Senior Vice President and Publisher, Jonathan Burnham and Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly. Claire Wachtel Senior Vice President and Executive Editor, Harper, will edit the book, which is scheduled to be published in 2014.