Gov Cuomo faces ANOTHER investigation for 'using state employees to help with vanity-project Covid memoir'April 20, 2021
NEW York Gov Andrew Cuomo is facing yet another investigation, this time into his use of state funds when penning his pandemic memoir.
The state's Attorney General Letitia James opened the inquiry after it was disclosed that the governor's staff members were allegedly helping him work on the book.
The memoir, "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic," was published in October 2020, months after New York emerged as the initial epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the US.
Staff members reportedly helped with the book by editing early drafts, sitting in on pitch meetings and other tasks like delivering manuscript pages, according to The New York Times.
Cuomo has denied the allegations, claiming any work his staff did on the book was voluntary or "incidental."
This is just the latest scandal to involve the New York governor, as he's also currently being investigation for sexual harassment claims made by multiple women and how he handled the state's nursing home situation during the pandemic.
Cuomo's office, however, has alleged that James and the state's comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, had political motivations for opening another investigation into the governor.
"We have officially jumped the shark — the idea there was criminality involved here is patently absurd on its face and is just the furthering of a political pile-on,” Senior Cuomo Advisor Richard Azzopardi said.
"This is Albany politics at its worst. Both the comptroller and the attorney general have spoken to people about running for governor, and it is unethical to wield criminal referral authority to further political self-interest."
A New York Times report published last month alleged that Cuomo employees did help him work on the book.
State law prohibits using "property, services or other resources" of the state for private business.
James received a letter from DiNapoli earlier this month stating that an investigation was warranted.
The referral letter said that the inquiry should focus on "any indictable offense of offenses related to "the drafting, editing, sale and promotion" of the governor's book and any related business transactions.
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