ALBANY, N.Y. (PIX11) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s book about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic may be the subject of a new criminal investigation by the New York Attorney General’s Office.
In response to allegations that the governor used state resources to produce and promote “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic,” State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli sent a letter to state Attorney General Letitia James requesting a criminal investigation into Cuomo’s actions.
DiNapoli’s office released the letter, dated April 13, on Monday. It authorizes the attorney general to investigate whether the process of writing and promoting the book violated state laws. James’ office said it received the referral letter from the state comptroller but didn’t comment further.
The governor said Monday that he asked some people who he mentioned in the book to “review” it. Rich Azzopardi, one of Cuomo’s top aides, sent a statement to NEWS10:
“We have officially jumped the shark – the idea there was criminality involved here is patently absurd on its face and is just the furthering of a political pile-on. Any state official who volunteered to assist on this project did so on his or her own time and without the use of state resources. To the extent a document was printed, it was incidental. This is Albany politics at its worst — both the Comptroller and the Attorney General have spoken to people about running for Governor and it is unethical to wield criminal referral authority to further political self-interest.”
Take a look at the letter from Dinapoli to James: