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Ethics Commission votes to order former New York Governor Cuomo to return the state’s profits from a $ 5.1 million pandemic pound deal

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Ethics Commission votes to order former New York Governor Cuomo to return the state’s profits from a $ 5.1 million pandemic pound deal

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Cuomo has 30 days to return the money, according to the resolution CNN obtained through a source close to the vote.

The resolution that the Joint Committee on Public Ethics voted on Tuesday indicates that the New York attorney general has the legal authority to enforce the ruling and determine where the returned book proceeds are to be distributed.

JCOPE spokesperson Walter McClure confirmed to CNN that the vote was 12 to 1 in favor of the resolution.

“JCOPE’s actions today are unconstitutional, exceed its own authority, and appear to be motivated by political interests rather than fact and law,” McGuire said in a statement to CNN. “If they seek to enforce this action, we will see them in court.”

CNN has contacted the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James for comment.

Allegations that Cuomo used state resources for the book, titled “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic”, are also part of an ongoing criminal investigation by the Attorney General’s office. New York, Letitia James.

JCOPE previously voted to approve Cuomo’s book deal in 2020.

At a meeting in November, Commissioner David McNamara said the commission gave conditional approval at the time in part because Cuomo said in a letter requesting approval of the deal that he would write the book. “Entirely in his free time without using state resources or personnel.” . ”

During that November meeting, commissioners voted to revoke their approval of the book, in part because “state property resources and staff, including staff volunteers, were used in the course of the process. of the preparation, editing and publication of the book, “says the resolution.

In April, when asked by reporters if state resources were used to create the book, the then governor said that “some people volunteered to edit the book.”

Rich Azzopardi, a spokesperson for Cuomo, said in a previous statement to CNN in May that Cuomo had donated $ 500,000 from his book contract to United Way of New York State for pandemic relief and the vaccination efforts.

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