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Andrew Cuomo Has to Return $5 Million Book Payment, New York Ethics Panel Says

Demonstrators hold an altered version of Cuomo’s book cover outside of his office during protest in New York on March 1.

Demonstrators hold an altered version of Cuomo’s book cover outside of his office during protest in New York on March 1.

Photographer: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

New York state’s ethics commission voted Tuesday to require former Governor Andrew Cuomo to repay the more than $5 million in compensation he received for a book he wrote in 2020 on his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics voted 11-2 on a resolution requiring Cuomo to repay, within 30 days, all the compensation he earned from sales of his 2020 book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic.”