New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the man who made such poor decisions at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic that he actually caused the deaths of thousands of people in nursing homes, has disclosed that the advance he received from his book was $3.1 million and that according to his publishing contract, he’s set to make another $2 million on the book over the next two years.
For months, Cuomo had refused to say how much money he had made from writing, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
The reason we’re getting this disclosure now is due to the fact that a state ethics agency made it mandatory to release the information.
A spokesperson for the governor stated that he donated $500,000 of his profits from the book to the United Way of New York State.
Because that makes it totally okay to write a book bragging how good you handled a pandemic that killed thousands of older folks due to poor decisions you made, right?
The book was published in October by Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, just as the state was seeing a deadly resurgence in infections.
At the time, Cuomo was criticized for penning a book touting his performance on the virus while the crisis was ongoing.
Since then, he’s come under heavier criticism over the involvement of some of his staff in preparing the book for publication.
In April, the state’s comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, authorized New York Attorney General Letitia James to investigate the role that some of Cuomo’s aides played in “drafting, editing sale and promotion” of the book.
I think it goes without saying, but there’s no way this man earned that kind of payday. In all honesty, with the information we now have about the role he played in placing coronavirus patients in nursing homes, where they spread it around to the demographic that is most at risk for developing deadly complications, the book should be pulled from shelves and no longer printed.