New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing another investigation, this time about his use of state funds when writing his memoir about the pandemic.
Letitia State Attorney General James opened an investigation after it was revealed that the governor’s employees were believed to have helped him work on the book.
The memoir, “The American Crisis: Lessons in Leadership from the Covid-19 Pandemic,” was published October 2020, a few months later. New York emerged as the primary epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic in the United States.
Staff are said to have helped the book by editing initial drafts, participating in sales meetings, and other tasks such as distributing manuscript pages, according to The New York Times.
Cuomo has denied the allegations, claiming that any work his staff has done on the book is voluntary or “incidental”.
This is just the latest scandal involving the governor of New York, as he is currently under investigation for sexual harassment claims is performed by many women and how he handles the state’s nursing home during a pandemic.
However, Cuomo’s office alleged that James and the state’s executive, Thomas P. DiNapoli, had a political incentive to initiate another investigation into the governor.
Cuomo senior adviser Richard Azzopardi said: “We have officially jumped on the shark – the idea here related to crime is absurd and is just the proliferation of a pile of politics.”
“This is Albany’s worst politics. Both the controller and the attorney general talked to everyone about running for governor, and using the authority to introduce criminals for more political self-interest.” Another is immoral. “
A New York Times report published last month alleged that Cuomo employees helped him with the book.
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State law prohibits the use of state “property, services, or other resources” for private business.
James received a letter from DiNapoli earlier this month saying an investigation had been carried out.
The letter of recommendation stated that the investigation should focus on “any prosecutable offense involving” the drafting, editing, sale and promotion “of the governor’s book and any transactions any business is related.