New York ethics panel orders Cuomo to pay $5.1 million over memoir

New York ethics panel orders Cuomo to pay $5.1 million over memoir

An ethics panel in New York on Tuesday ordered former Governor Andrew Cuomo to refund the $5.1 million he received for his memoir after failing to comply with the state’s ethics rules, a spokesman for the commission said.

The spokesman said the Joint Commission on Public Ethics voted 12-1 to approve the order. Reuters has not seen the commission’s full resolution.

Cuomo has 30 days to surrender the money he made to write the book American crisis: Leadership lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic to the state The state attorney general’s office will have the authority to decide how the funds are dispersed, new York Times Reported.

Cuomo’s attorney, Jim McGuire, vowed to fight against the order in a statement.

“JCOPE’s actions today are unconstitutional, exceed their authority and are motivated by political interests rather than facts and law,” McGuire said. “Should they try to enforce this action, we will see them in court.”

In November, the commission found that Cuomo had failed to meet state regulations that direct public officials’ outdoor activities, such as writing a book in exchange for royalties or other compensation. The commission said Cuomo violated the requirement not to use state resources to complete the book and misrepresented how long it would take to complete.

Cuomo, a Democrat, stepped down as governor in August following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. He has denied any wrongdoing.

He was initially praised for his handling of a crippling coronavirus outbreak in New York. But praise turned to blame when the media reported allegations of misconduct, including under-reporting of nursing home deaths.

Cuomo’s book was published in October 2020 by Crown Publishing Group, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House.

Cuomo has donated $500,000 of proceeds and put $1 million in a trust for his daughters Times Reported.


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