Casey Seiler of the Times Union informs us that rumor is untrue:
Through his spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa, the governor said he passed the bar exam on his first try.
That account is backed up by many things, including the account of Gary Eisenman, who burst out laughing at the idea that Cuomo needed a fourth, third or even second attempt.
"That's ridiculous ... I lived through this with the guy," he said.
Both men took the exam, a two-part test divided between an essay portion and multiple-choice questions, in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center a few weeks after the review course ended. Mario Cuomo's top adviser and longtime confidante Fabian Palomino was able to find out their grades a few days early. Eisenman recalls that Cuomo had notched the state's second-highest score on the multiple-choice portion.
A Dec. 13, 1983, article in the Times noted Cuomo's passage ("I feel relieved. ... Thank God," he said). After flirting with an offer from a law firm, Cuomo went to work for the Manhattan district attorney's office the following April.
How did the "Cuomo failed the bar multiple times" rumor start?
It's possible that people mixed Cuomo up for the scion of another famous politician - John Kennedy Jr., who did fail the bar a couple of times before finally passing it.
In any case, I'm glad to hear that Cuomo passed the bar on his first attempt and "notched the state's second-highest score on the multiple-choice portion."
As I tweeted to one of Cuomo's flying attack monkeys, who was busy throwing some snark at another tweeter, Cuomo's law expertise will come in handy:
@melissadderosa @SeanPCollins Good to hear about bar exam. Andy will need that law knowledge when Preet comes #3rdAmigo— rbe (@perdidostschool) May 3, 2015
The day before the US attorney arrested former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges in January, Cuomo declared Silver, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and himself the "Three Amigos"
Cuomo threw some light-hearted moments into his joint State of the State address/ budget presentation on Wednesday, showing a cartoonish version of the trio as "The Three Amigos" going off on an adventure together.
The next day one of the amigos, Sheldon Silver, was arrested on corruption charges.
This week, the second amigo, Dean Skelos, is set to be arrested on corruption charges.
The third amigo - as you can see from the following video indictment - has his own legal problems:
I really am glad to hear Cuomo was such a legal whiz on his bar exam - especially the standardized test component.@maddow Cuomo = last of the 3 men in a room as Preet Bharara puts it. If NY is corruption hell, Cuomo is its Devil http://t.co/SRhWnDZo19— Cuomo Watch (@CuomoWatch) May 2, 2015
That knowledge and expertise truly will come in handy when the US attorney comes calling for the third amigo.