Hochul ethics panel pick helps Cuomo keep $5.1M from book

Disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo can preserve the $5.1 million he made promoting his memoir concerning the coronavirus disaster, the state’s ethics company narrowly determined Tuesday — when a brand-new member appointed by Gov. Kathy Hochul sided along with her predecessor.

Cuomo scored six votes in his favor from members of the Joint Fee on Public Ethics, together with Commissioner Randall Hinrichs, a former Suffolk County district administrative choose whom Hochul named to the panel shortly earlier than its assembly in Albany.

Different votes for Cuomo got here from Commissioner James Dering, a Cuomo appointee whom Hochul on Tuesday named JCOPE’s appearing chairman, and Commissioner Juanita Newton, who was appointed by Senate Majority Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers).

The three remaining votes all got here from commissioners Cuomo appointed earlier than he resigned over a sexual harassment scandal final month.

The JCOPE commissioners voted 7-6 to revoke the July 2020 authorization its workers gave Cuomo to promote the rights to “American Disaster: Management Classes from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was revealed in October.

However as a result of the fee’s guidelines require eight votes for it to behave, the hassle was defeated.

JCOPE is meant to have 14 members however one seat is vacant.

The transfer to rescind Cuomo’s approval to signal his profitable guide deal was made by Commissioner Gary Lavine, who was appointed by Senate Minority Chief Rob Ortt (R-Lockport).

Lavine, a Syracuse lawyer and former US Vitality Division official, has mentioned it “was unlawful, for my part,” for JCOPE’s workers to grant Cuomo permission to promote his memoir whereas in workplace.

“The legislative appointees to JCOPE didn’t get the knowledge,” he instructed The Publish in April.

“It’s flawed. It’s inappropriate.”  

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