I am happy to report “Cuomo Karma” strikes again!
Ex-NY Governor Andrew Cuomo is ordered to pay $5.1 Million Dollars back to the state of New York, after it was determined he used State and Local Government resources to write his book “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic”
I think the lesson learned is to not be a corrupt politician who merely wants to profit off of a pandemic…
People everywhere are relishing this victory of justice being served to Andrew Cuomo:
— Mike Gilary (@Mike_Gilary) December 14, 2021
This is the best news! It makes me giddy! pic.twitter.com/pHWAG7UoZe
— Lea Ray (@LeaRayDo) December 14, 2021
The wheels of justice turn slowly but they turn. https://t.co/ooBjyk2r6P
— Kelly Jane Torrance (@KJTorrance) December 14, 2021
— Diego R (@SpaceMonkeyo313) December 14, 2021
New York Post has more on the specifics:
New York’s top ethics panel on Tuesday ordered disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pay the state $5.1 million in book profits he made on the backs of taxpayers amid the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The extraordinary resolution was approved by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics in a 12-1 vote — a month after the ethics agency voted to revoke its prior approval allowing Cuomo to earn outside income from his book “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” while he was still governor and New York was in the throes of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
The lone dissenter was William Fisher, a Cuomo appointee.
JCOPE rescinded its approval after concluding that Cuomo violated pledges not to use state resources or government staffers to prepare the book. He must pay the money to the state by next month.
The resolution, drafted by commissioner David McNamara, a Senate Republican appointee, said Cuomo now “lacked the legal authority to engage in outside activity and receive compensation in regard to the book” since JCOPE rescinded its approval.
“Gov. Cuomo is not legally entitled to retain compensation … for any form of outside activity related to the book,” McNamara said.
Congresswoman Tenney has called him out to pay the families who were affected by his negligence during the height of the pandemic and quite frankly, it’s not a terrible idea:
Every penny of these ill-gotten gains should be directed to a victims fund for the families who tragically lost loved ones in long-term care facilities because of Cuomo's negligent pandemic policies. https://t.co/NnUAAXg1nW
— Congresswoman Tenney (@RepTenney) December 14, 2021
And it was, in the days of Emperor Cuomo, that the Emperor did order the infected elderly into the nursing homes, where many thousands perished. And all the Emperor's advisors did celebrate the Emperor's great wisdom, and purchased great quantities of his book. https://t.co/VBpCoPv8vY
— Rabbi Yaakov Menken (@ymenken) December 14, 2021
Just a reminder, Andrew Cuomo sent over 9,000 “recovering coronavirus patients” to nursing homes during the height of the pandemic.
The Associated Press just updated their report February earlier in the year, to reflect those numbers were closer to 15,000 patients.
Andrew Cuomo sent more than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York state were released from hospitals into nursing homes early in the pandemic under a controversial directive that was scrapped amid criticism it accelerated outbreaks, according to new records obtained by The Associated Press.
The new number of 9,056 recovering patients sent to hundreds of nursing homes is more than 40% higher than what the state health department previously released. And it raises new questions as to whether a March 25 directive from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration helped spread sickness and death among residents, a charge the state disputes.
“The lack of transparency and the meting out of bits of important data has undermined our ability to both recognize the scope and severity of what’s going on” and address it, said Richard Mollot, the executive director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition, a residents advocacy group.
The new figures come as the Cuomo administration has been forced in recent weeks to acknowledge it has been underreporting the overall number of COVID-19 deaths among long-term care residents. It is now nearly 15,000 up from the 8,500 previously disclosed.
Nonetheless, it looks like justice is getting served and it is sweet.
The only thing that would make this sweeter is if he would be forced to pay the families of the victims he put in direct harms way, as he shuttled thousands of “recovering” COVID-19 patients to nursing homes.