According to tax filings released Monday, New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
(D) will earn more than $5 million for his beleaguered book
about his efforts to lead New York during the COVID-19
Cuomo was paid $3.12 million in 2020 by Crown Publishing as part of his contract for the book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was published in October. He netted about $1.5 million after taxes and expenses and donated a third, or $500,000, to the United Way of New York, according to tax returns obtained by local media
According to media reports, the governor
will also receive an additional $2 million in installments over the next two years as part of his contract.
As governor, he is paid $217,736 per year.
Cuomo, who drew national attention when the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic
were centered on New York, is under investigation to determine if he used state resources to write and promote the memoir
, following reports by The New York Times that he was assisted by a cadre of aides.
Cuomo is also under investigation for his handling of the state's nursing home data during the COVID-19 crisis, and separate reports claim that his aides wrote a health
department report to hide the true pandemic death toll
The governor has denied tampering with the nursing home data and apologized for his treatment of the women.
According to Politico
, his book has sold approximately 50,000 copies, though the publisher stopped promoting it last year as the controversies arose; Crown decided not to publish it in paperback, and it is unclear whether this decision will affect the final $2 million in payments.
Cuomo has traditionally released his tax returns to members of the press each year, though the size of the book fee drew some criticism, which was dismissed by an aide to the governor.
Rich Azzopardi, the governor's senior adviser, told Gothamist, "This governor worked night and day to save lives and get this state out of this pandemic."