New York Ethics Commission cancels approval of book deal with Cuomo
Cuomo’s spokesperson called the committee’s vote politically motivated.
ALBANY, NY – Members of the New York Ethics Commission have voted overwhelmingly to rescind the approval of former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $ 5.1 million pound deal.
In July 2020, commission staff approved the Cuomo accord for “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” At the time, his special counsel told the ethics committee that he would write the book “entirely in his spare time.” But Cuomo has since acknowledged that state employees “volunteered” for tasks such as editing the manuscript.
Last April, the New York State Comptroller’s Office gave the New York State Attorney General the green light to open a possible criminal investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo’s latest book on the COVID-pandemic. 19.
This was first reported by The New York Times, the allegations involve members of his staff and his recent book. There are allegations that some of Cuomo’s staff worked on his book called American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic, which would constitute a violation of the Civil Servants Act.
The commissioners said they wanted to recoup at least part of the proceeds from the book deal. Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi called the committee’s vote politically motivated:
“These JCOPE members act outside of their authority and carry water from the politicians who appointed them. staff for political and personal assistance in their spare time.
This is the third time JCOPE has attempted to rescind its own endorsement, and it represents nothing more than Albany’s political corruption at its height. JCOPE wants to revoke an endorsement that has been relied on to play a political game and that means that an opinion of JCOPE cannot be relied on by anyone and is subject to political winds. Our attorney’s request to JCOPE was clear, saying that “no government resources” would be used – according to this portrayal, the people who volunteered for this project did so in their spare time. In addition, the Governor cannot be held responsible for internal decisions regarding challenges and approvals taken by JCOPE.
They really are J-JOKE. “