Governor of New York

Governor of New York
Governor of New York
Standard Governor of New York.svg
Flag of the Governor
Andrew Cuomo

since January 1, 2011
Style His Excellency
Residence New York State Executive Mansion
Term length Four years, no term limit
Inaugural holder George Clinton
Formation July 30, 1777
Deputy Robert Duffy
Salary $170,050 (2011)[1]
Website Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
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The Governor of the State of New York is the chief executive of the State of New York. The governor is the head of the executive branch of New York's state government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military and naval forces. The officeholder is afforded the courtesy title of His/Her Excellency while in office. [2]

The current governor is Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat. Cuomo won the November 2010 gubernatorial election and was sworn in as the 56th governor of the state of New York on January 1, 2011.


Powers and duties

The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the New York State Legislature, to convene the legislature, and to grant pardons, except in cases of treason and impeachment.[A]

The governor of New York is often considered a potential candidate for President. Ten governors have been major-party candidates for president, and six - including Martin Van Buren, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt - have won. Six New York governors have gone on to serve as vice president.[3] Additionally two Governors of New York, John Jay and Charles Evans Hughes, have served as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.


The office of Governor was established by the first New York State Constitution in 1777 to coincide with the calendar year.[F] An 1874 amendment extended the term of office back to three years,[G], but the 1894 constitution again reduced it to two years.[H]. The most recent constitution of 1938 extended the term to the current four years.[I]

Line of succession

The original Certificate of Election of John Jay as Governor of New York (June 6, 1795)

The state constitution has provided since 1777 for the election of a lieutenant governor, who also acts as president of the state senate, to the same term (keeping the same term lengths as the governor throughout all the constitutional revisions).[J] Originally, in the event of the death, resignation or impeachment of the governor, or absence from the state, the lieutenant governor would take on the governor's duties and powers.[J] Since the 1938 constitution, the lieutenant governor explicitly becomes governor upon such vacancy in the office.[K]

Should the office of lieutenant governor become vacant, the president pro tempore of the state senate[4] performs the duties of a lieutenant governor until the governor can take back the duties of the office, or the next election; likewise, should both offices become vacant, the president pro tempore acts as governor, with the office of lieutenant governor remaining vacant. Should the president pro tempore be unable to fulfill the duties, the speaker of the assembly is next in the line of succession.[L] The lieutenant governor is elected on the same ticket as the governor, but nominated separately.[M]

List of Governors

See: List of Governors of New York

See also


  1. ^ Kaplan, Thomas (January 3, 2011). "Cuomo, Before Seeking a Wage Freeze, Says He Will Cut His Salary 5%". New York Times. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Edward V. Schneier, John Brian Murtaugh, and Antoinette Pole, New York Politics: A Tale of Two States (2nd edition) (2010)
  4. ^ The state constitutions refer to this position as the "temporary president of the senate"

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