Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hasn’t had a good year. After being disgraced in office, he was forced to step down, and his handling of the pandemic might continue to haunt him.
Even so, Cuomo’s controversial book has the green light, and that nets him more than $5 million to start. Despite the backlash, the former New York leader still stands to make a hefty profit.
But that deal is suddenly on the rocks — so Cuomo’s bad year could get even worse.
Some state leaders have been critical about the process leading to the book’s approval, and it has been under heavy scrutiny since the deal was announced.
Many say the book contains half-truths and even outright lies about how the former Governor handled the coronavirus epidemic in the state. These same critics believe the book shouldn’t be released.
However, up until now, none of this has stopped the deal from going through.
But the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics isn’t about to let it slide. They’re kicking off an investigation and once again, Andrew Cuomo is facing another major hurdle.
From Fox News:
New York’s ethics commission voted unanimously to hire a law firm to investigate its approval of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $5.1 million book deal.
JCOPE Chairman Jose Nieves said they’ve retained counsel “to conduct an inquiry into the legal and procedural operations of the commission.”
He also added that there will be “further action” in the future, which might make Cuomo a little nervous.
The probe will look into the “facts, circumstances, policies and practices” that led to the book deal’s approval. And if they find any inconsistencies or screw-ups, the entire contract could go down in flames.
It isn’t the only investigation Cuomo currently faces, either.
New York Attorney General Letita James is also looking into whether or not Cuomo used state resources to write and promote his book. Letita’s office already has subpoenas out to round up info.
Even if the book does come out, expect the backlash to continue.
Many of the leaked excerpts of the book have been called into question, and some say the facts simply don’t back up Cuomo’s claims. Until the book is actually out, though, we can’t be sure of its contents.
But at this rate, the book may never see store shelves.
The Ethics Committee has a job to do, and it’ll be interesting to see their results. In the meantime, New York’s new governor is Kathy Hochul, who hasn’t spoken much about her predecessor.
As for Cuomo, he may never live down the events of 2020 and 2021.
- New York’s ethics commission voted unanimously to investigate former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $5M book deal.
- They’re launching an inquiry into the “legal and procedural operations of the commission.”
- There’s also an ongoing investigation into whether or not Cuomo used state resources to write and advertise his book.
Source: Fox News