Cuomo was paid more than $4M for his book bragging about his handling of the pandemic

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Revealed: Cuomo was paid $4M for his book bragging about his handling of the pandemic even as his office was hiding nursing home deaths – and a first draft branded longtime foe de Blasio ‘one of the worst mayors in modern history’

  • Sources said the governor landed the deal with publisher Crown for his memoir ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic’
  • The New York Times obtained emails about the book and an early draft
  • It revealed Cuomo was writing the book in June and July – close to the release of the state’s July 6 report on COVID-19 nursing home deaths 
  • Cuomo’s office altered the 9,844 death total in the first draft of the report to release a lower number of 6,432 to the public
  • Cuomo also took aim at NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in an early draft of the book in a three-page long rant about his longtime foe which was cut from the final version
  • The governor released his book on October 13, praising his own leadership during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Cuomo is now facing investigations into allegations he sexually harassed multiple women and into the COVID-19 nursing home deaths scandal

Andrew Cuomo was paid more than $4 million for his controversial book bragging about his handling of the pandemic at the same time that his office was hiding nursing home deaths, according to a report.

Sources told the New York Times the embattled governor of New York state landed the big-dollar deal with publisher Crown for his memoir ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic’.

The outlet, which obtained emails about the book and an early draft, found Cuomo was writing the book in June and July – which closely coincided with the release of the state’s July 6 report.

It later emerged the report had grossly undercounted COVID-19 nursing home deaths with Cuomo’s office altering the 9,844 death total in the first draft to release a lower number of 6,432 to the public. 

Cuomo also took aim at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in an early draft of the book, branding him ‘one of the worst mayors in modern history’ in a three-page long rant about his longtime foe which was cut from the final version.

The governor released his book on October 13, praising his own leadership during the COVID-19 crisis and his efforts to placate Donald Trump to get hospital beds, ventilators and other supplies for New York.

Since then, Cuomo’s reputation has rapidly unraveled as he is facing investigations into allegations he sexually harassed multiple women and into the COVID-19 nursing home deaths scandal.  

Andrew Cuomo was paid more than $4 million for his controversial book bragging about his handling of the pandemic at the same time that his office was hiding nursing home deaths, according to a report

Andrew Cuomo was paid more than $4 million for his controversial book bragging about his handling of the pandemic at the same time that his office was hiding nursing home deaths, according to a report

Sources told the New York Times the embattled governor of New York state landed the big-dollar deal with publisher Crown for his memoir 'American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic'

Sources told the New York Times the embattled governor of New York state landed the big-dollar deal with publisher Crown for his memoir ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic’

The NY Times tied the timing of the book being written with the alteration of state data on the nursing home deaths. 

On July 5, an anonymous female staffer in Cuomo’s office was sent an email asking her to print out a 224-page draft and take it to the Executive Mansion to give to the governor.

The draft was entitled MDR edits, in reference to Cuomo’s top aide Melissa DeRosa.

The very next day – on July 6 – the state health department report was released.

The report all but cleared Cuomo and his administration of fault over its March directive to send COVID-19 patients back to nursing homes.    

Richard Azzopardi, a senior adviser to the governor, denied any connection between the memoir and the health department report in a statement to the Times.   

Cuomo also took aim at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in an early draft of the book, branding him 'one of the worst mayors in modern history' in a three-page long rant about his longtime foe which was cut from the final version

Cuomo also took aim at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in an early draft of the book, branding him ‘one of the worst mayors in modern history’ in a three-page long rant about his longtime foe which was cut from the final version

‘There is no connection between the report and this outside project, period,’ Azzopardi said Wednesday. 

‘And any suggestion otherwise is just wrong.’ 

The early draft also revealed Cuomo was planning to unleash on de Blasio before the section was cut from the final version.  

In it, Cuomo slammed de Blasio’s ‘standing’ as ‘somewhere between negative and irrelevant’ and unfavorably compared him to another for – Donald Trump.

He wrote that while the mayor was ‘annoying and counterproductive’ the then-president was a ‘serious threat.’

A spokesperson for de Blasio hit back at the comments in a statement to the Times.

‘Andrew Cuomo writing about ego-driven narcissism sounds like the pot calling the kettle black.’

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