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2010 Cuomo's Year In Review: Political Parlor Game Ends With Major Electoral Win

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For Andrew Cuomo, 2010 is unforgettable as the year he became that state's 56th governor. The gubernatorial race was memorable, though perhaps not for its substance. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

For Andrew Mark Cuomo, 2010 revolved around Election Day.

"We're going to be united. That's what makes this state this state," he said on November 2, after his commanding victory in the gubernatorial race.

By November, it seemed hard to remember that much of 2010 was a political parlor game. It was an open secret that Cuomo was eyeing the governor's seat, but it was a long waiting game to see when Cuomo would finally make the formal announcement.

"I'm elected to be attorney general. I get paid by New Yorkers to be the attorney general, and that's what I'm doing," he said back in February.

Three months later, he finally admitted he was gunning for a promotion.

"It's time the people of the Empire State strike back," he said at the launch of his campaign.

Cuomo found the "force was with him" through the election season.

Steve Levy and Rick Lazio vied for the Republican nomination, but anti-Albany hostility boiled over. Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino pulled off an upset and famously said, "I'll clean out Albany with a baseball bat."

However, by November the Buffalo businessman had offended much of the electorate, especially gays, whose lifestyle he called "inferior."

In one of the campaign's stranger moments, Paladino questioned Cuomo's masculinity but also praised the Democrat's "prowess."

Cuomo at first ignored it, but then a poll showed Paladino within six points.

"There has not been a substantive proposal, it's all about name-calling, etc." said Cuomo in October. "I think it's demeaning for him, but also more importantly, demeaning for the people of the state."

Some critics thought the gubernatorial candidates' one debate did not do much to dispel that notion.

Two weeks later, and 16 years after Governor Mario Cuomo was voted out of Albany, Mario's eldest son won.

As state attorney general, Cuomo also had a busy year, most notably in pay-to-play scandals in New York's pension fund.

Former State Comptroller Alan Hevesi pleaded guilty to a single corruption charge. A month later, Hank Morris, Hevesi's former top political aide pleaded guilty to to securities fraud.

On Thursday, Cuomo reached a settlement with Steven Rattner, a former aide to President Barack Obama and financial advisor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It was only hours before Cuomo was sworn into his new job.

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