A graduate of Medgar Evers College-with an MA in African-American Studies from SUNY-Albany-Andrews' first stint in public office came in 1981, when he sat on a community school board in the 17th District, Crown Heights. He's also served as a member of Community Board 8.
Andrews has taught as an adjunct professor at both The College of New Rochelle and at his alma mater, Medgar Evers College. In addition, he has served as Attorney General Elliot Spitzer's Director of Intergovernmental Relations.
In February 2002 Andrews ran for an open seat in the 20th State Senate district and won a special election to fill that vacancy.
Andrews was one of four Democratic candidates vying to represent the 11th Congressional district of New York State in a hotly contested, volatile race.
Even though he has been endorsed by some influential politicians in New York, both past and present, e.g. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, State Senator Carl Kruger, New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, among others, he has also been subjected to criticism for his decision to remain in this race-thus potentially splintering the African-American vote in a divided primary-especially after another African-American candidate, Assemblyman Nick Perry, decided to withdraw from the race in May.
Carl Andrews has also been the subject of criticism from some quarters for his close association with former chairman of the Kings County Democratic Party, and Assemblyman, Clarence Norman, who was forced to resign from his official positions as a result of his indictment and conviction on multiple felony counts of violating election law in late 2005.
On August 14, 2006, Andrews received the endorsement of the New York State AFL-CIO. In order to receive the endorsement Andrews need the support of over two-thirds of the union membership, which union president Dennis Hughes stated Andrews had achieved. 
On September 12, 2006, Andrews was defeated in a four-way Democratic primary, garnering nearly 23% of the vote, and coming in third. 
Andrews participated in a debate broadcast by NY1 on August 24, 2006, stating that former Kings County Democratic Leader Clarence Norman "did some good things as county leader and some bad things as county leader." He also took the opportunity to publicly highlight several high-profile endorsements from leading members of the New York State Democratic Party, e.g. state Comptroller Alan Hevesi, and state Attorney General-and current gubernatorial candidate-Elliot Spitzer. 
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