Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Governor Kathy's ethics czar is fine with Cuomo's pandemic profiteering

NY Post

Martin Levine, JCOPE’s deputy general and then co-executive director, last year approved Cuomo’s profit-making book contract.

Cuomo agreed that state government resources would not be used to prepare the book under the ethics agreement with JCOPE.

“I move to void the opinion of the deputy general counsel [Martin Levine] acting in the capacity as acting co-executive director approving Gov. Cuomo’s publishing activity on the ground that there was a failure of required concurrence by the other acting co-executive director,” Lavine, who was appointed by Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt (R-Lockport).

Lavine was referring to Monica Stamm, the legal counsel, who was then the co-executive director because CEO executive director Setha Agata resigned.

An amendment to the motion said the book deal was approved based on “material facts that were omitted” or “misrepresentations.”

The defeated motion also would have given Cuomo, who is no longer in office, 20 days to re-apply for JCOPE’s blessing.

JCOPE last month also voted to allow Cuomo to keep the profits from his book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”


SEERofZOG said...

The number one Law of the Universe: The ruling class protects its own.

Anonymous said...

SCHOCKED. I tell you I'm schocked.
Did you think anything would change under sawtooth Hoculs regime. Gotta protect the party system at all cost. She wants her piece of the pie too.

Adriatic Hillbilly said...

Governor "Mr. Ed" Hochul will avoid stepping on Cuomigula's toes cuz she's horrified of the havoc he could cause with his 18 million dollar campaign war chest.
This state will never be free of Cuomigula's malign influence until that money is gone. That Machiavellian fuckball will be stirring shit for the next decade

Karen said...

Who want's his book anyway.

eating apples thru a picket fence said...

when asked if she'll do ANYTHING against cuomigula, governor Mr Ed said "NEIGGGGHHH"