Andrew Cuomo may keep $5.1M COVID payday despite JCOPE reversal: experts

Andrew Cuomo may keep $5.1M COVID payday despite JCOPE reversal: experts


Disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo could prevail and keep the profits from his controversial $5.1 million book deal despite a reversal by the state’s ethics watchdog agency of its approval for him to write the book, legal experts tell The Post.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics voted 12-1 Tuesday to revoke its prior approval of the book contract — paving the way to potentially impose fines or claw back profits.

But legal experts said they wouldn’t bet the ranch that JCOPE’s action would withstand a court challenge by Cuomo because of its history of dysfunction and politically driven decisions.

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One former appointee who served on JCOPE described its actions and deliberations over the years as “inconsistent” and “bizarre.”

Former JCOPE commissioner Ellen Yaroshefsky

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