Tuesday, New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics ordered former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to pay the state $5.1 million, the whole proceeds that he earned from his 2020 pandemic memoir, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic.
The ethics panel dominated that Cuomo should flip over the proceeds to Attorney General Letitia James, whose workplace investigated him for COVID deaths and sexual harassment allegations which in the end led to his resignation.
David McNamara, the Senate Republican appointee who drafted the decision, claims Cuomo “lacked the authorized authority to have interaction in outdoors exercise and obtain compensation in regard to the e-book.
“Gov. Cuomo is not legally entitled to retain compensation … for any form of outside activity related to the book,” McNamara stated.
However, Cuomo plans to struggle the choice in courtroom. His lawyer referred to as the panel’s ruling unlawful.
“JCOPE’s actions today are unconstitutional, exceed its own authority and appear to be driven by political interests rather than the facts and the law,” stated Jim McGuire, Cuomo lawyer. “We’ll see them in court.”
The matter can be difficult by the very fact Cuomo donated $500,000 of the e-book’s proceeds to charity and put one other $1 million in a belief for his daughters.
The panel says Cuomo should pay the state $5.1 million inside 30 days.