The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) ordered former Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday to pay back over $5 million in book profits, the New York Post reported.
JCOPE approved the resolution on Tuesday in a 12-1 vote,Â accordingÂ to the NYP. Cuomo has 30 days to pay back the $5.1 million in proceeds to Democratic New York Attorney GeneralÂ Letitia James, who will determine where the money will go.
The resolution follows JCOPEâ€™s vote in November to rescind itsÂ decisionÂ to allow Cuomo to profit from his book, â€œAmerican Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,â€ while still governor, the NYP reported. The resolution was approved after it was revealed that Cuomo used â€œstaff volunteersâ€ to help create the book.
â€œJCOPEâ€™s actions today are unconstitutional, exceed its own authority and appear to be driven by political interests rather than the facts and the law,â€ Jim McGuire, the former governorâ€™s attorney,Â said. â€œShould they seek to enforce this action, weâ€™ll see them in court.â€
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