Thursday, April 1, 2021

Cuomo got paid 4 million dollars to write his COVID novel while using tax dollars to make his staff edit it as they were editing the nursing home data

An unpublished draft of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s book contained a three-page-long broadside against Mayor Bill de Blasio, the governor’s fellow Democrat and frequent political foe. 

New York Times

 As the coronavirus subsided in New York last year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had begun pitching a book proposal that would center on his image as a hero of the pandemic. But by early last summer, both his book and image had hit a critical juncture.

Mr. Cuomo leaned on his top aide, Melissa DeRosa, for assistance. She attended video meetings with publishers, and helped him edit early drafts of the book. But there was also another, more pressing edit underway at the same time.

An impending Health Department report threatened to disclose a far higher number of nursing home deaths related to the coronavirus than the Cuomo administration had previously made public. Ms. DeRosa and other top aides expressed concern about the higher death toll, and, after their intervention, the number — which had appeared in the second sentence of the report — was removed from the final version.

The revisions occurred as the governor was on the brink of a huge payoff: a book deal that ended with a high offer of more than $4 million, according to people with knowledge of the book’s bidding process.

A New York Times examination of the development of Mr. Cuomo’s lucrative book deal revealed how it overlapped with the move by his most senior aides to reshape a report about nursing home deaths in a way that insulated the governor from criticism and burnished his image.

Mr. Cuomo also utilized the resources of his office — from his inner circle to far more junior personnel — to help with the manuscript. In late June and early July, for example, a top aide to the governor, Stephanie Benton, twice asked assistants to print portions of the draft of the book, and deliver them to Mr. Cuomo at the Executive Mansion in Albany, where he lives.

One of Ms. Benton’s directives came on June 27, the same day that Ms. DeRosa convened an impromptu teleconference with several other top advisers to discuss the Health Department draft report.

On Wednesday, Richard Azzopardi, a senior adviser to the governor, rejected any link between Mr. Cuomo’s book and the Health Department report.

“There is no connection between the report and this outside project, period,” Mr. Azzopardi said. “And any suggestion otherwise is just wrong.”


Anonymous said...

At some point the people will demand justice

Anonymous said...

The NYT endorsed this bozo in every election first for AG and then governor telling its readers in effect that it would be both immoral and a global disaster to vote against Andrew Cuomo. The editors of the NYT have lavished Cuomo with thousands of effusive articles and fawning editorials since Gargoyle Andy started his public life. Both the editors of the NYT and Andrew Cuomo are full of Queens Crap.

Anonymous said...

Spokesman "Rich Assholeparty" sounds like a real serious douchenozzle. He can't guzzle Cuomigula's Splooge fast enough

Anonymous said...

"At some point the people will demand justice"

People demand justice a majority of the time especially when violent crimes are committed by homeless violent drug addicts, lifelong career criminals, sexual predators, and repeat offenders.

The problem is lawmakers, pointless criminal laws, and bail reform laws keep letting these repetitive violent criminals back on the streets and never notifying victims of these crimes.

Where is the justice for victims, and law-abiding citizens who are victimized over again when the laws fail them, and lawmakers defend the criminals and give them more rights than the victims and people who follow the rules.

NYC is run by criminals. Crooked politicians, repeat violent criminals, homeless violent drug addicts now run the city.

Get out before you too are punched in the face, shoved onto the subway tracks, attacked by teenagers on their bicycles, or beaten, shoved to the ground and stomped upon by criminals just released from prison.

NYC is now a 3rd world city where violent crime has been normalized by do nothing politicians.

Anonymous said...

Moe said...
"NYC is now a 3rd world city where violent crime has been normalized by do nothing politicians."
Very well said bud.

Anonymous said...

Get Ready Peeps !
Behold the Vaccine Snobs

Anonymous said...

AOC needs to write a book too !
Title "The only waitress in history to bring nothing to the table"

Anonymous said...

I'm outraged!

Anonymous said...

Gas prices are almost 3 $ a gallon In my area.
This is what happens when you let dead people vote for a potato

Anonymous said...

"The only waitress in history to bring nothing to the table"

Very funny! Thanks for the good laugh!

Anonymous said...

Don't blame the politicians in NYC, blame the people that elected them.

The problem is that we bring people here and never make an effort to teach them traditional American values (and no, don't give me the horsesh*t that this is little more than whipping slaves and stealing native American land.)

Immigrants don't become 'real' Americans because they come here and learn how to make money.
They become real Americans when they have the same value system that made this nation great.

Anonymous said...

"Don't blame the politicians in NYC, blame the people that elected them."
Exactly !

Anonymous said...

❝We're so disconnected from ourselves, from the land, from our roots, from a real sense of depth, that we allow Hollywood and Washington to manufacture it FOR us. We let them tell us where the meaning is. What's worth living for. What's worth dying for——and, ALL of it ALWAYS serves power, privilege, plutocracy, PLUTONOMY, and the empowered idiots of the ruling class scourges, ALL of whom SO ORDER the kleptocracy, with impunity.❞ ——Caitlin Johnstone

❝The media have become the propaganda arm of the very wealthy.❞ ——Brian Eno

❝If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed——and, loving the people who are doing the oppressing.❞ ——Malcolm X

❝Keep people as slaves and pets LONG enough——and, eventually they will see their kidnappers as saviors.❞ ——Anonymous

❝Nobody in the world, nobody in history has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.❞ ——Assata Shakur

❝The comfort of the rich depends on an abundant supply of the poor.❞ ——Voltaire

❝Never be deceived into believing that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.❞ ——Luch Parsons

❝It's difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.❞ ——Voltaire

❝It's difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary demands that he NOT understand it.❞ ——Upton Sinclair

❝Anarchy doesn't mean 'out of control'; it means out of THEIR control.❞ ——Jim Dodge

Anonymous said...

To the third Anonymous from bottom:

❝Voting gives consent to profound, political criminals to continue to fleece all of you politically indoctrinated 'SHEEPLE' like human cattle——ALL the way to the blood red gates of the abattoir. You DO NOT have to be livestock for criminals and archaic, party-machine-failed cults AND Mafia crime family rings. Nobody ever CHANGED the MAFIA——by JOINING IT!❞ ——Anonymous

❝Voting has become a farce, if indeed it was ever anything else. By voting, the people decide only which of the oligarchs pre-selected for them as viable candidates will wield the whip used to flog them and will command the legion of willing accomplices who perpetrate the countless violations of the people's natural rights.❞ —―Robert Higgs

❝Voting is not an act of political freedom. It is an act of political conformity. Those who refuse to vote are not expressing silence. They are screaming in the politician's ear: 'You do not represent me. This is not a process in which my voice matters. I do not believe you.'❞ —―Wendy McElroy

❝The political system, as many Bernie Sanders supporters are about to discover, is immune to reform. The only effective resistance will be achieved through acts of sustained, mass civil disobedience. The Democrats, like the Republicans, have no intention of halting the assault on our civil liberties, the expansion of imperial wars, the coddling of Wall Street, the destruction of the ecosystem by the fossil fuel industry and the impoverishment of workers. As long as the Democrats and the Republicans remain in power, we are doomed.❞ ——Chris Hedges

❝Governments in capitalist society are but committees of the rich to manage the affairs of the capitalist class.❞ ——James Connolly

❝Patriotism is NOT obedience to government. Patriotism is obedience to the principles for which government is supposed to stand.❞ ——Howard Zinn

❝The problem is not only liberals who are not liberal; it is also conservatives who are not conservative. It is a court system that has abandoned justice. It is a Congress that does not legislate, but instead permits lobbyists and corporations to write legislation. It is a press, desperate for advertising dollars and often owned by large corporations, they does not practice journalism. It is academics, commentators and public intellectuals who function as shameless cheerleaders for the neoliberal and imperial establishment, and mock the concept of independent and critical thought.❞ ——Chris Hedges

Further, Americans and the world-at-large suffer from a: Lack of identity, cultural stripping, fears of authenticity, low IQ, parasitic economy, derailed values, gang mentality, fixed mindsets, fictional American dream$, corporate policy, and propaganda machined chaos!

FINALLY, mental slavery is the worst form of slavery. It gives one the illusion of freedom, makes one trust, love and defend one's oppressor, while making an enemy of those whom are trying to free you, and to open your eyes!

You can not argue with slaves who don’t even acknowledge their shackles!


Anonymous said...

❝It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion. All the harbingers of collapse are visible: crumbling infrastructure; chronic underemployment and unemployment; the indiscriminate use of lethal force by police; political paralysis and stagnation; an economy built on the scaffolding of debt; nihilistic mass shootings in schools, universities, workplaces, malls, concert venues and movie theaters; opioid overdoses that kill som 64,000 people a year; an epidemic of suicides; unsustainable military expansion; gambling as a desperate tool of economic development and government revenue; the capture of power by a tiny, corrupt clique; censorship; the physical diminishing of public institutions ranging from schools and libraries to courts and medical facilities; the incessant bombardment by electronic hallucinations to divert us from the depressing sight that has become America, and keep us trapped in illusions. We suffer the usual pathologies of impending death. I would be happy to be wrong. But I have seen this before. I know the warning signs. All I can say is——get ready.❞ ——Chris Hedges

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous Number 7 who said:

❝AOC needs to write a book, too!
Title: 'The only waitress in history to bring nothing to the table.'❞

So, WHAT exactly has she done, or voted for, that party lurker Crowley wouldn’t have? She has made zero progress for the people who gave her their small dollar donations. She has fought for nothing more than what was offered. But, unlike her languishing constituency, she has her healthcare for life, and now her pension, but it’s okay for everyone else in the rank and file to 'Hurry Up And Wait,' because of inconvenient timing or committee appointments, or a $15/hour minimum wage that we didn’t get either (and, one that still wouldn't be enough to keep pace with ever climbing inflation; fifteen dollars was the correct inflationary index factor for 1989 - NOT 32 years later!). She’s just like the rest of the entrenched, politically failed, womb-to-tomb frauds, telling us to be patient and wait.

So, SHE doesn't take corporate money, she just takes YOURS and then gives it to Democrats who DO! Got it!

Anonymous said...

❝An entire globe-spanning empire depends on keeping a true leftist movement from EVER arising in America, so vast power structures have gone to great lengths to build an enormous barrier to prevent that from happening. That barrier's name is the Democratic Party. That is its purpose.❞ —Caitlin Johnstone

❝This is the great power of the two-party-machine-failed duopoly CULT. The Republicans are in charge of promoting the interests of the corporate rulers, and to push it as far as they can. The Democrats exist strictly to control the people ('SHEEPLE') so that NO opposition ever appears. And that's a very different task and therefore they appear as very different parties, but in reality they serve the same monied interests (and 'Monetary Locusts' of oligarchy) and they actually work together as a team in order to create utter confusion in America.❞ —Peter Camejo