Gov. Andrew Cuomo was apparently offered more than $4 million to write a book about his oh so awesome leadership during the heat of the coronavirus pandemic, which decimated his state.
And the real kicker here is that this offer came after the disastrous policy he put in place that led to the deaths of thousands of people in nursing homes.
“An impending Health Department report threatened to disclose a far higher number of nursing home deaths related to the coronavirus than the Cuomo administration had previously made public. Ms. [Melissa] DeRosa and other top aides expressed concern about the higher death toll, and, after their intervention, the number — which had appeared in the second sentence of the report — was removed from the final version,” the Times reported. “The revisions occurred as the governor was on the brink of a huge payoff: a book deal that ended with a high offer of more than $4 million, according to people with knowledge of the book’s bidding process.”
A Times examination found that Cuomo’s book deal “overlapped with the move by his most senior aides to reshape a report about nursing home deaths in a way that insulated the governor from criticism and burnished his image.” It also overlapped with glowing coverage from the Times and other media outlets.advertisement — content continues below
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. One of Cuomo’s top aides, Stephanie Benton, was given direction to ask assistants to print out portions of Cuomo’s manuscript and bring them to the governor’s mansion.
On another occasion, the request arrived on the same day that DeRosa had gathered the other top adviser to chat about the Health Department draft report that would sully the governor’s image and reveal the truth about his failure to adequately handle the pandemic.
There are only two things Cuomo deserves for all of this. An impeachment and a prison sentence.