Report details ethics commission approval of Cuomo book deal

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A new report claims former governor Andrew Cuomo misled the state’s ethics commission to receive approval to write his pandemic memoir. The report was released Thursday night.

Law firm Hogan Lovells was hired to investigate the Joint Commission on Public Ethics’s decision to approve Cuomo’s book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Included in the findings is the claim that Cuomo’s team told JCOPE the book wasn’t written, yet, and it would be a continuation of his first book published in 2014.

Instead, a New York State Assembly investigation found the former governor used state workers to nearly complete the book and settle on a publisher by the time he sought permission in July 2020. The firm also blames JCOPE for failing to realize the ethical issues created by Cuomo profiting off his COVID-19 response.

JCOPE will be replaced by a new ethics panel approved by the legislature and Gov. Kathy Hochul earlier this year.

The report can be read in-full below:

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