The governor of New York received more than a million and a half dollars for the sale of his controversial book American Crisis, in which he concealed the number of elderly people who died in nursing homes in the state. This was revealed by a Cuomo advisor.
The governor’s aide, Richard Azzopardi, told The New York Times that Cuomo made a profit of $1,537,508 after the book’s publication and reported that most of that money went to a trust fund for his three daughters.
Azzopardi’s claims come after the governor’s tax information and tax payments became known.
According to the NYT, the governor’s 2020 tax returns show that last year Crown Publishing made a first, miscellaneous payment to him of $3.1 million.
“From that net income, the governor donated a third to the United Way of New York State for statewide Covid relief and vaccination effort, and is giving the remainder in a trust for his three daughters equally,” the Cuomo advisor said.
All told, net proceeds from the book totaled $1.5 million after taxes and expenses. Cuomo, in turn, donated 33% of those proceeds ($500,000) to the United Way for COVID-related relief and vaccination efforts.
According to the newspaper, the governor still expects to receive another $2 million from his book over the next two years, bringing his total to more than $5.1 million.
Cuomo is being investigated for misuse of public funds
What has been described as serious is that the governor receives a million-dollar sum after profiting from the sale of a book that concealed figures about what was happening in nursing homes, and that, in addition, during its publication, he allegedly used state resources for the publication of the book.
Cuomo is currently under investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The governor’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, reportedly attended meetings with potential publishers and helped edit early drafts of the book.
At the same time, DeRosa and two other Cuomo aides allegedly pressured the state Department of Health to modify a report released in early July 2020 to conceal the actual number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.