GENEVA, NY – Andrew M. Cuomo, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, will present an open forum titled “Exposing Injustice: Journeys Through a Forgotten America” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith campus. The forum is part of the President's Forum lecture series initiated by HWS President Mark Gearan. The event is free; the public is invited.
Cuomo began reinventing HUD with a historic Management Reform Plan in 1997. The plan cracks down on waste, fraud, and abuse, and addresses decades-old management problems at the department. Key reforms that have been implemented include: creation of an Enforcement Center headed by an FBI agent; the first comprehensive inspection of all housing subsidized or insured by HUD; creation of more efficient “back office” processing centers, along with storefront offices to serve the public; major improvements in HUD's financial systems; and creation of Community Builder employees.
Secretary Cuomo has won Congressional approval of the best HUD Budgets in 10 years–25.5 billion in Fiscal 1999 and $26 billion for Fiscal 2000. Budgets enacted during his term contained initiatives to increase the supply of affordable housing and home ownership, and to create jobs and economic development. In 2000, Cuomo led HUD efforts to negotiate an historic agreement with America's largest handgun manufacturer. The agreement requires Smith & Wesson to change the design, distribution, and marketing of guns to make them safer and to help keep them out of the hands of children and criminals.
Secretary Cuomo holds a bachelor's degree from Fordham University and a law degree from Albany Law School. He and his wife, Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, have three daughters, Mariah, Cara, and Michaela.
President Gearan established the President's Forum Series in the winter of 2000 as a way to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with the HWS community and neighbors. All of the Geneva forums are free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information on the forum, visit the President's Forum website
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