Former New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been ordered to pay back the $5.1 million he was given for writing his highly controversial memoir that detailed how he handled the initial stages of the COVID pandemic.
Earlier this year Andrew Cuomo’s taxes revealed he would be paid $3 million for last year’s work and $2.1 million for writing his memoir ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic’.
The book was published in October 2020 but copped copious amounts of backlash as his state grappled with the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
On Tuesday the Joint Commission on Public Ethics voted 12-1 to order Mr Cuomo to pay back the $5.1 million within 30 days to the New York Attorney General’s office.
Mr Cuomo’s lawyer slammed the decision and warned if the panel enforces the action “we’ll see them in court”.
The former governor was originally praised for his leadership but soon fell from grace as scandals began to mount.
In January a report found his administration had falsified state nursing home data.
The report concluded the governor’s team had underreported COVID-19 related nursing home deaths by up to 50 per cent and allowed positive patients who had been hospitalised to return to their nursing homes while still infected.
Andrew Cuomo stepped down in August after a report found he had sexually harassed at least 11 female staffers.
The Department of Justice is currently in the midst of a probe into the former governor for the sexual harassment allegations made against him, his controversial book deal which will look into whether state resources were used to write it and his nursing home death toll scandal.