Posted on 12/14/2021 at 01:18 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A New York state ethics agency has ordered former Gov. Andrew Cuomo to hand over his book deal money.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics voted almost unanimously today to make that demand, a month after it revoked its prior approval of Cuomo’s request to earn outside income from a memoir.

That book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic, brought him a $5.1 million advance, which must be returned to Attorney General Letitia James within thirty days, according to the New York Post.

In order to receive the agency’s approval in the first place, Cuomo had promised not to use state resources or government staffers to work on it; a state investigation determined last month that Cuomo had violated that pledge.

(You may remember that the book deal was one of several scandals confronting Cuomo, who ultimately resigned over sexual-harassment allegations.)

James has the discretion to decide what to do with the money upon its return.

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Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: Memoir, Politics, Scandal

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