The governor, who has been mired in a sexual misconduct scandal along with a probe into how he handled nursing homes during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, is now in another swirling storm.
Cuomo reportedly cashed in on the COVID-19 virus, pocketing $5.12 million for his memoir on the pandemic.
Cuomo’s “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” was published in mid-October as the pandemic still raged on in the state.
“Cuomo’s contract which he got despite his administration being accused of sending COVID-positive patients back into nursing homes, potentially spreading the deadly virus among the vulnerable elderly there — paid him $3.12 million last year and he was left with a little more than $3 million after editing expenses, according to his tax returns,” the New York Post reported. “He’s also set to receive another $2 million this year and next, the returns show.”
Of course, the New York press corps asked Cuomo about his book deal, something he wasn’t fond of.
During a Thursday press conference in Buffalo, a reporter asked Cuomo to respond to the “allegations out there that you made money on the backs of dead people,” per a report from Spectrum 1 News.
Cuomo later tried to pull back the insult a bit, telling the reporter, “I thought your question was stupid and offensive.”
He later said: “I wrote a book saying this is what we should learn from what has happened so far in COVID because we’re not done and it’s going to continue. And if we don’t learn the lessons we are going to continue to make the same mistakes. That’s why I wrote the book. And by the way, that’s what happened.”
“This country made tremendous mistakes when it came to COVID. We politicized a public health emergency,” he added.