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Watchdog group files complaint over Gov. Cuomo’s COVID memoir

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A national good government group filed an ethics complaint against Gov. Andrew Cuomo with the New York State Board of Elections over his pandemic memoir on Thursday, arguing that he used campaign funds to promote the book. 

The Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, D.C. alleges in a 16-page complaint that Cuomo broke state campaign spending laws to promote the October 2020 release of ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic” through social media and his campaign’s email account. 

“The law is clear that you cannot spend campaign funds for your own personal benefit,” said CREW President Noah Bookbinder in a statement.

“Because the money spent on book promotions appears to have been for the exclusive personal benefit of Governor Cuomo, he needs to be investigated.” 

Cover image of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest book, "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the Covid-19 Pandemic."
This is the cover image of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the Covid-19 Pandemic.”
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It was revealed Wednesday that Cuomo enlisted staffers to help with the writing of his book, and was offered a high of a $4 million advance by Crown Publishing at the time.

Crown has since halted promotion of the novel, in the midst of a federal investigation into the governor’s coronavirus policy concerning nursing homes. 

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“The law is clear that you cannot spend campaign funds for your own personal benefit,” said CREW President Noah Bookbinder in a statement in relation to Cuomo’s memoir.
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Cuomo has said in the past that he would donate a portion of the book sales to a “coronavirus-related charity,” but has not specifically named a group.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's book "American Crisis" seen on display at Barnes and Nobles in Albany on October 13, 2020.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s book “American Crisis” seen on display at Barnes and Nobles in Albany on October 13, 2020.
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Details pertaining to book payments and any contributions to charitable organizations will be released in the governor’s tax returns, expected to be released in May.

Bookbinder added: “There is no question that the campaign promoted the book. An email blast from the campaign about the book directed supporters to an Amazon page to order it. The bottom of the email clearly states it was “Paid for by Andrew Cuomo for New York, Inc.”

Cuomo and Melissa DeRosa during a daily COVID-19 briefing on May 26, 2020.
Cuomo speaks during a daily COVID-19 briefing on May 26, 2020.
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“The law only works when it applies to everyone, regardless of power or party,” said Bookbinder. “Governor Cuomo has operated in several spheres as though rules don’t apply to him. This appears to be another example, and it’s one that must be investigated.”

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It was revealed on March 31, 2021 that Cuomo enlisted staffers to help with the writing of his book, and was offered a high of a $4 million advance by Crown Publishing at the time.
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A representative for Cuomo’s campaign was not available for immediate comment.

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Suspect arrested in fatal Brooklyn stabbing

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Police have apprehended a suspect in the fatal December stabbing of a Brooklyn man, cops said on Saturday.

The suspect, John Headley, 32, also of Brooklyn, was taken into custody Friday and charged with murder and weapons possession for the Dec. 12 knifing of Ken Baird, 37, police said.

Baird was stabbed multiple times in the chest following a dispute on Crown Street near Utica Avenue in Crown Heights at about 6:40 p.m., police said.

EMS transported Baird to King County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, cops said.

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Man dies after jumping from Staten Island Ferry

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A 53-year-old man died Saturday after jumping from the Staten Island Ferry into the chilly waters of New York Harbor, police said.

NYPD Harbor launch officers pulled the man out of the water after responding to reports of a jumper near the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan at around 2 p.m.

“He jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock,” an NYPD spokesman told The Post. He jumped off the Ferryboat Andrew J. Barberi, police said.

The unidentified victim was removed to Pier 11 and transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 3:10 p.m.

A newsstand worker said there were “about 50 or so emergency people” at Pier 11 following a valiant effort — which included CPR — to save the man’s life.

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An NYPD spokesman says the 53-year-old man “jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock.”

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The 53-year-old man was transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Kemp Lashes M.L.B. as Republicans Defend Georgia’s Voting Law

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Mr. Kemp, who is gearing up to run for re-election in 2022, has striven to re-enter the good graces of Republican voters after becoming a central political target of former President Donald J. Trump because of his refusal to help Mr. Trump overturn the state’s election results last year. A former secretary of state of Georgia who has his own record of decisions that made voting harder for the state’s residents, he is again a key G.O.P. voice leading the charge on the issue.

On Saturday, he repeatedly tried to paint the league’s decision as driven by Stacey Abrams, the voting rights advocate and former Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia who is seen as likely to challenge Mr. Kemp again next year.

Ms. Abrams, one of the most prominent critics of Georgia’s voting law, has pushed back on calls for sports leagues and corporations to boycott the state. She said on Friday that she was “disappointed” baseball officials had pulled the All-Star Game but that she was “proud of their stance on voting rights.”

In defending the law in Georgia, Mr. Kemp singled out two Democratically controlled states, New York and Delaware, and compared their voting regulations with the new law in Georgia. Those states do not offer as many options for early voting as Georgia does, but they have also not passed new laws instituting restrictions on voting.

“In New York, they have 10 days of early voting,” Mr. Kemp said (New York actually has nine). “In Georgia, we have a minimum of 17, with two additional Sundays that are optional in our state. In New York, you have to have an excuse to vote absentee. In Georgia, you can vote absentee for any reason.”



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