A New York State ethics commission has voted to order disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to turn over the fortune he made from his 2020 memoir, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the Covid-19 Pandemic.”
The vote follows explosive allegations that Cuomo used state resources and personnel to prepare and publish his pandemic memoir. The development is but the latest setback for Cuomo. Since the first sexual harassment accusation against him became public in December 2020, the onetime rising star has experienced a rapid fall from grace.
Albany’s WRGB reports:
The NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics voted Tuesday to order Cuomo to hand over the proceeds from his pandemic memoir to the NYS Attorney General’s office within the next thirty days.
However, Cuomo doesn’t intend to do so without a fight. His attorney, Jim McGuire, responded to Tuesday’s vote defiantly.
“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.
“Should they seek to enforce this action, we’ll see them in court.”
A JCOPE spokesman told CNN that the vote was 12-1 against Cuomo.