Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo hit Albany’s ethics watchdog with a lawsuit Friday, accusing it of “extraordinary bias” in opposition to him as he seeks to carry onto proceeds from his $5.1 million e book deal.
The Joint Fee on Public Ethics voted overwhelmingly in November to rescind its choice that allowed Cuomo to write down “American Disaster: Management Classes from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” arguing state assets have been used to write down the e book, which it mentioned contained “serial omissions and misrepresentations” about New York’s pandemic response.
Cuomo’s legal professionals argued that he complied with JCOPE’s authentic parameters for writing the e book and requested the state supreme court docket to overrule the company’s choice and permit him to maintain the thousands and thousands he earned from the e book.
The previous governor claimed that employees members who labored on the e book did so on their very own time, and mentioned the company’s ruling amounted to “flagrant violations of the due course of rights secured to him by america Structure.”
“Merely said, by no means within the historical past of New York State has an company so breathtakingly and irresponsibly prejudged a matter on which it’s the remaining decisionmaker,” the lawsuit filed in Albany County claimed.
The disgraced Democrat, who resigned from workplace in August amid widespread allegations of sexual misconduct, spearheaded the creation of the ethics and lobbying regulatory company in his first time period.
Gov. Kathy Hochul and legislative leaders had proposed replacing the commission with an impartial physique, arguing it was too near the governor’s workplace.
JCOPE declined to problem a remark to The Submit Friday night time.
Cuomo has been making an attempt to dip his toes again within the political waters in latest months, operating advertisements claiming he had been exonerated of prices of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching.
The appeal offensive began after 5 district attorneys throughout the state didn’t pursue prices in opposition to the 64-year-old Queens native, citing an absence of proof.
“Under no circumstances ought to this be a constructive reflection on Andrew Cuomo. This choice just isn’t an exoneration,” Oswego County DA Gregory Oakes mentioned in January.