LATEST: Assembly Judiciary Committee to add Cuomo book allegations to its impeachment investigation

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Updated: April 01, 2021 01:48 PM
Created: April 01, 2021 10:03 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC)— New York Assembly Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Lavine confirmed to News10NBC the committee will add new allegations of possible ethics violations by Governor Cuomo to its pending impeachment investigation.

The news was first reported by Lohud.

A new report claims members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's staff worked on his book, which is a possible ethics violation.

The New York Times reports Cuomo used a number of state personnel to work on his book, called "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic."

The report says Cuomo used junior aides for duties like helping with the manuscript, and more senior aides were involved in pitching and editing the book,  including Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa.

Richard Azzopardi, a Senior Adviser to Cuomo, tells the Times DeRosa "volunteered" on the project during her free time, which he says is "permissible and consistent with ethical requirements" of the state.

The book was published last October, its publisher previously said it would not reissue or reprint the book.

Additionally, Lavine announced his office launched a hotline for members of the public to provide information relevant to the investigation. People can contact Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, the law firm leading the investigation, either by email or by phone (212) 450-3600.

Information provided will remain confidential. 


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