Andrew Cuomo Ordered To Give Back Millions In Profits From Covid Memoir

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The state of New York’s ethics fee has ordered former Governor Andrew Cuomo to relinquish the thousands and thousands of {dollars} he produced from his speedily printed pandemic memoir “American Disaster: Management Classes from the Covid-19 Pandemic,” printed in October of final yr. Based on a report within the Wall Avenue Journal, the decision was authorised and issued by the Joint Fee on Public Ethics and offers Cuomo a deadline of 30 days to conform.

Cuomo’s lawyer says that they plan to struggle the order in courtroom, “[s]hould they search to implement this motion,” which stems from a proviso within the publishing contract authorised by the ethics fee stating that “no state property, personnel or different sources could also be utilized for actions related to the ebook.” That approval was revoked in November, and after that it was alleged by a state Meeting fee report that Cuomo violated that situation by having aides assist put together the memoir throughout working hours, in addition to recording the audiobook model in New York’s Govt Mansion.

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A earlier assertion from the Cuomo staff mentioned that each one the state aides in query have been volunteers, and that “any use of state sources was incidental,” per the WSJ story.

Tax returns filed earlier this yr point out that Cuomo acquired $3.1 million in 2020 from his ebook, $500,000 of which he donated to charity. Nevertheless, the entire worth of his publishing contract with Crown was reported to be $5.1 million in beforehand filed state disclosures, and it is not recognized whether or not or not Cuomo was paid that further $2 million sooner or later this yr.

Including nonetheless extra to Cuomo’s potential future authorized issues, Lawyer Common Letitia James, who additionally launched the report of a number of sexual harassment allegations that ultimately led to Cuomo’s resignation as governor, can also be reportedly investigating the usage of state workers and sources in writing his memoir.


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