Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo filed a lawsuit against the state Ethics Commission on Friday, the latest action in an ongoing dispute over his earnings from a book about his efforts during the COVID pandemic -19.
In the lawsuit, filed in the Albany State Supreme Court, Cuomo accused the Joint Public Ethics Commission of violating his constitutional rights and showing extraordinary bias against him. “
A JCOPE spokesperson said they had no comment.
In December, JCOPE ordered Cuomo to hand over the money for his book American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Cuomo’s camp denounced the order and promised a legal fight.
Shortly thereafter, however, the state attorney general’s office released a letter saying the commission had other steps to take before the office could get involved in the attempt to claim the money.
The commission exercises regulatory oversight over lobbyists and government officials. His staff had approved Cuomo’s book deal in July 2020, after being told that Cuomo would not use state personnel or resources.
A State Assembly investigation found that was not the case, that state resources and personnel were involved in the making of the book.
But Cuomo representatives said all state employees involved in the book were using personal time, not work time.
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