NY ethics board tells former Gov. Cuomo to return book money

Posted at 2:09 PM, Dec 14, 2021

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been ordered by New York’s ethics commission to give up the millions of dollars he was paid to write a book about his response to the pandemic. An attorney for Cuomo immediately called the action unconstitutional and promised a fight. Cuomo was directed to turn over proceeds earned from “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” within 30 days under a resolution approved 12-1 by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. The order came a month after the commission voted to rescind approval of Cuomo’s $5.1 million book deal. Cuomo resigned in August amid findings he sexually harassed 11 women.