New York ethics board rescinds approval for Cuomo’s book deal

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A New York State ethics panel voted on Tuesday to rescind the approval it gave former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to publish his memoir, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” in 2020.

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why it matters: Cuomo will have to reapply for authorization from the board for the $5.1 million deal, AP. According to, If they are refused, the board could go after the money that was given to the former governor to write the book.

  • 12-1 vote by the members of the Joint Commission on Public Morality as follows reports That Cuomo tasked state employees with helping build the book per AP.
  • A spokesperson for Cuomo has said that any work done on the book was done by an affiliate on a volunteer basis.

What are they saying: “These JCOPE members are acting outside the scope of their authority,” Cuomo spokesman Rich Azopardi said in a statement. Statement,

  • “This is the culmination of hypocrisy … given that these elected officials routinely use their own staff for political and personal assistance on their own time.”

Flashback: Cuomo announced his resignation earlier this year after an independent investigation found that he sexually assaulted several women.


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