Do you remember when Andrew Cuomo somehow found the time to write book during the pandemic?
At the time, there were reports that Cuomo had used his staff as workers on his book, on state time. That has apparently been confirmed because he is now being ordered to return the cool five million he got for the book.
It’s a tough time to be a Cuomo.
The New York Post reports:
Andrew Cuomo ordered to return $5.1M pandemic book profits to state
New York’s top ethics panel on Tuesday ordered disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pay the state $5.1 million in book profits he made on the backs of taxpayers amid the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The extraordinary resolution was approved by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics in a 12-1 vote — a month after the ethics agency voted to revoke its prior approval allowing Cuomo to earn outside income from his book “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” while he was still governor and New York was in the throes of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
The lone dissenter was William Fisher, a Cuomo appointee.
JCOPE rescinded its approval after concluding that Cuomo violated pledges not to use state resources or government staffers to prepare the book. He must pay the money to the state by next month.
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The resolution, drafted by commissioner David McNamara, a Senate Republican appointee, said Cuomo now “lacked the legal authority to engage in outside activity and receive compensation in regard to the book” since JCOPE rescinded its approval.
This guy was a hero to the left like a year ago.
Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo was ordered by New York’s ethics commission to give up the millions he was paid to write a book about his response to the pandemic. An attorney for Cuomo immediately called the action unconstitutional and promised a fight. https://t.co/eYZiJxs6Mo
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 14, 2021
It's a start. He took a lot of lives with his lockdown games. A grand jury is needed to investigate his actionshttps://t.co/DhDhS6es1X
— Chris Bish (@BishForCongress) December 15, 2021
His troubles are far from over.
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