New York State Attorney General Letitia James has issued at least one subpoena to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics for all records pertaining to disgraced former Gov. Andrewas part of her office’s criminal investigation into the matter.
JCOPE — the state’s watchdog panel — approved Cuomo’s application to receive outside income from the book during the summer of 2020 but it has been controversial, as it wasby JCOPE staffers, instead of by a full panel vote.
A representative from James’ office declined to comment on the issuance of the subpoena, which was first
The criminal probe — first launched in April Tom DiNapoli — is investigating whether or not state resources were improperly used in the production of the book including “the drafting, editing, sale and promotion of the Governor’s book and any related financial or business transactions.”
Cuomo’s office claimed state officials volunteered their time to work on the book during the summer of 2020, but it has been revealed that top staffers likehelped edit and fact-check the book, at the request of former Cuomo top aides Melissa DeRosa and Stephanie Benton.
Malatras has said he worked on the book during at least two weekends and took two personal days off from his then-job as president of SUNY Empire State College.