New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Set To Earn $5 Million From COVID-19 Book

Written by on May 18, 2021

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is predicted to earn greater than $5 million for his beleaguered e-book about his efforts to guide New York through the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with tax filings he launched Monday. 

The tax returns, particulars of which had been obtained by native media shops, present Cuomo was paid $3.12 million in 2020 by Crown Publishing as a part of his contract for the e-book, “American Disaster: Management Classes From the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was printed in October. He netted about $1.5 million after taxes and bills from that sum and donated a 3rd, or $500,000, to the United Means of New York State for coronavirus pandemic “restoration and vaccination efforts.” The remaining $1 million was positioned in a belief for his daughters, his workplace advised reporters.

The governor can be anticipated to be paid $2 million extra in installments over the subsequent two years as a part of his contract, in accordance with media reviews. 

His annual wage as governor is $217,736.

The mammoth determine for the e-book deal is placing as Cuomo — who drew nationwide consideration when the early section of the coronavirus pandemic was centered on New York — stays below hearth amid a barrage of scandals. He’s below investigation to find out if he used state sources to jot down and promote the memoir following reviews by The New York Occasions {that a} cadre of aides assisted him. (The publication added that Cuomo obtained permission from the state’s ethics committee to jot down the e-book however was required to not use state sources. He has denied any wrongdoing.)

The governor can be going through an investigation into his dealing with of the state’s nursing dwelling information through the COVID-19 disaster whereas separate reviews declare that his aides wrote a well being division report back to obfuscate the true pandemic loss of life toll. Cuomo has additionally just lately confronted a number of accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct.

The governor has denied altering the nursing dwelling information. He has additionally apologized for his conduct towards the ladies.

His e-book has bought about 50,000 copies, in accordance with Politico, though the writer stopped selling it final 12 months because the controversies emerged. Crown determined to not publish it in paperback, and it’s unclear if that call would have an effect on the ultimate $2 million in funds.

Cuomo has historically launched his tax returns annually to members of the press, though the e-book charge drew some criticism for its measurement. An aide to the governor dismissed these considerations, nevertheless.

“This governor labored evening and day to save lots of lives and get this state out of this pandemic,” Wealthy Azzopardi, a senior adviser to the governor, advised Gothamist. 

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