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State ethics board revokes approval of Cuomo's book

Nov 16, 2021 2:02 pm

Bill Mahoney reports in Politico that New York state's Joint Commission on Public Ethics on Nov. 16 revoked the approval for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to publish his 2020 memoir a year after the book was published. Now Cuomo must reapply for authorization and, if denied, the board could take the $5.1 million Cuomo was paid for being the author of “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic.” "These JCOPE members are acting outside the scope of their authority and are carrying the water of the politicians who appointed them,” Cuomo flack Rich Azzopardi said. “It is the height of hypocrisy for [Gov. Kathy] Hochul and the legislature's appointees to take this position, given that these elected officials routinely use their own staff for political and personal assistance on their own time.” Cuomo resigned this summer after being accused of sexually harassing 11 women. But revoking the book approval comes after evidence emerged that state workers helped Cuomo with the book on state time. Cuomo insists they were volunteering. Read more about this story in Politico.