Cuomo’s Pandemic Book Leads to an Investigation

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is already under investigation for his professional and personal behavior – now it’s his work as a writer that will be scrutinized.

The governor is under investigation by New York’s attorney general on whether he used public money to write his memoir American Crisis: Leadership lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The investigation followed a New York Times report in late March that described how junior staffers and top aides of Mr. Cuomo worked on the book, for which the governor received at least one bid worth more than $4 million, according to people familiar with the bidding process.

(Mr. Cuomo faces an investigation into the use of government funds for a book on the pandemic).

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The Times report revealed that Mr Cuomo relied on assistants and junior staff to help him draft the manuscript.

Emails and an early version of the book, which The Times got its hands on, show that a group of officials worked on every aspect of the book, from full edits to small paperwork that could violate state law prohibiting the use of public money for personal gain.

The governor maintained that all work by state employees on the book was voluntary or incidental.

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New York Attorney General Leticia James confirmed on Monday that she will launch an investigation into Mr Cuomo’s use of public funds when he wrote and promoted his book.

New York’s Civil Service Law prohibits the use of state property, services, or other resources for private business or other non-state purposes for which compensation is paid.

The misuse of public money has led to the political downfall of officials such as former Superintendent Alan G. Hevesi, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in 2006 after using a state driver to run errands for his wife.


Ms James is already overseeing an investigation into numerous allegations of sexual harassment against Mr Cuomo, and federal authorities are looking into how his administration handled data on deaths in nursing homes at the start of the pandemic.

The majority of the state’s Congressional delegation and many of its fellow Democrats in Albany have called for Mr…. Cuomo demanded. He was stubborn and yesterday there was no indication that further investigation would change his mind.

And finally: Assembly for the Protection of Asian Wildlife

Melissa Guerrero writes in the Times:

All kinds of flowers graced the amphitheater of East River Park on a cloudy Saturday afternoon: an altar of bouquets on the stage, flower chalk drawings below, flowers in the hands of attendees.

The Protect Asian Lives event was not really a demonstration, rally or vigil. There was no picnic or party. It was a meeting that brought everything together.

In response to a wave of anti-Asian attacks in New York City and across the country, the organizers – queer Asians, blacks and Latinos, some of whom were behind last summer’s Brooklyn Liberation March for Black Trans Lives Matter – wanted to create a space that focused on celebration and healing.

We wanted to rethink how the community comes together in response to suffering and tragedy, said Sammy Kim, one of the organizers.

Artists and speakers included Bowen Young, actress and performer from S.N.L., Gina Rochero, model and activist, and the Resurgence Resistance Choir, a collective of more than 60 non-binary singers. Clara Lu, artist and community organizer, performed songs on the traditional Chinese instrument Zheng. The clouds have opened for Perle de l’Illustration, artist and poet-translator. People came out of the crowd with arms outstretched and tipping.

The event featured free food from Asian street vendors and restaurants in Flushing and Chinatown, many of which have been affected by the pandemic, as part of the Street Vendor and Welcome to Chinatown initiative coordinated by the Street Vendor Project.

Speakers spoke of a continuing cycle of mourning in a year of unrest, and cited recent victims of police brutality.

While we held a space for the API+ community, we also held a space for Daunt Wright, Adam Toledo, the countless black lives we have lost to institutionalized violence and attacks on transgender people across the country, said Oscar Nuñez, one of the organizers and co-founder of the Papi Juice art collective.

What is happening in the world is insane, Loan Nguyen, an activist, said with an emphatic accent.

I can’t believe we’re being targeted like this. It hurts because it limits my mobility, she says. We must regain our security. How do you do that? By solidarity.

Jomi Park, 24, recently bought her parents a pepper spray with a glass breaker. It sparked a lot of conversations I never thought I’d have with my parents, she says.

They live in Atlanta, not far from where eight people, including six Asians, were shot last month. They have a lot of grief, and that takes its toll, Park said. But it’s so great to see everyone come together today.

As the sun set and the crowds began to disperse, the event concluded with an activity that had been largely abandoned during the pandemic: a live DJ dance party at sunset.

It’s a vision of what it looks like when we all stand up for each other, Kim said.

It’s Tuesday. Take care of yourself.

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