Andrew Cuomo Sentenced to Forfeit $ 5.1 Million in Profits Related to Pandemic Books | Business and Economy News

Andrew Cuomo, former Governor of New York State in the United States, wrote a book titled “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” in 2020.

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The New York State Ethics Commission voted on Tuesday to demand that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo repay the more than $ 5 million in compensation he received for a book he wrote in 2020 on its management of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics voted 11-2 on a resolution requiring Cuomo to repay, within 30 days, any compensation he earned from sales of his 2020 book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cuomo, who resigned in August over allegations of sexual harassment, has been criticized for using public resources, including state agents, to write the book. The lucrative book deal more than quintupled Cuomo’s net income to $ 1.5 million in 2020, from just over $ 280,000 in 2019, according to tax documents.

The resolution said such a refund was necessary because Cuomo is not “legally entitled to retain any compensation” he received from the publication of the book because he “lacked legal authority to engage in an outdoor activity “. The panel voted last month to revoke the approval it gave Cuomo for the book’s publication, arguing it had violated the terms of that approval, which included an obligation to write the book on its own time. staff, without using state resources.

Cuomo’s attorney Jim McGuire called the ruling “unconstitutional” and said the actions of the ethics board “appeared to be motivated by political interests rather than the facts and the law,” McGuire said in a press release. “If they seek to enforce this action, we will see them in court. “