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JCOPE ordering Cuomo to give up money from book deal

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — JCOPE—the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, tasked with overseeing authorities ethics in New York— has voted for a decision ordering former Governor Andrew Cuomo to hand over the quantity of money he was paid for his book to the New York State Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General’s Office will then resolve the place that money will go.

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In November, JCOPE voted to rescind prior approval for Cuomo’s book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The book, which grabbed a reported $5.1 million payday for Cuomo, was reportedly written at the very least partially by state staff throughout their off-hours.

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JCOPE voted 12-1 for the decision. Jim McGuire, a lawyer who Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi says represents Cuomo on issues involving the book, mentioned:

“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.”

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The approach the Cuomo administration dealt with the book deal, together with its dealing with of nursing dwelling dying knowledge and its place on workers volunteering to work on the venture, had drawn criticism.

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