Cuomo was paid more than $ 4 million for his book boasting about his handling of the pandemic

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Andrew Cuomo was paid over $ 4 million for his controversial book bragging about his handling of the pandemic, while his office hid the deaths in nursing homes, according to a report.

Sources told the New York Times The controversial Governor of New York State struck a big deal with publisher Crown for his memoir “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

The outlet, which received emails about the book and an early draft, found that Cuomo was writing the book in June and July – which closely coincided with the release of the state’s July 6 report.

It was later found that the report had grossly undervalued COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, with Cuomo’s office changing the 9,844 death rate in the first draft to release a lower number of 6,432 to the public.

Cuomo also targeted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in an early draft of the book, calling him “ one of the worst mayors in modern history ” in a three-page rant about his old enemy, which is version was removed. .

The governor released his book on Oct. 13, praising his own leadership during the COVID-19 crisis and his efforts to appease Donald Trump to get hospital beds, ventilators, and other supplies for New York.

Since then, Cuomo’s reputation has quickly unraveled as he faces investigations into allegations that he sexually assaulted multiple women and into the COVID-19 scandal over the death of nursing homes.

Andrew Cuomo was paid over $ 4 million for his controversial book bragging about his handling of the pandemic, while his office hid the deaths in nursing homes, according to a report.

Andrew Cuomo was paid over $ 4 million for his controversial book bragging about his handling of the pandemic, while his office hid the deaths in nursing homes, according to a report.

Sources told the New York Times that the controversial New York State Governor had struck the big deal with publisher Crown for his memoir 'American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic'

Sources told the New York Times that the controversial New York State Governor had struck the big deal with publisher Crown for his memoir 'American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic'

Sources told the New York Times that the controversial New York State Governor had struck the big deal with publisher Crown for his memoir ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic’

The NY Times linked the timing of the book being written to the change in state records of nursing home deaths.

On July 5, an anonymous female staffer in Cuomo’s office received an email requesting that a 224-page draft be printed and taken to the Executive Mansion to give to the governor.

The design was titled ‘MDR Edits’, referring to Cuomo’s top assistant Melissa DeRosa.

The next day – July 6 – the state health service report was released.

The report nearly cleared Cuomo and his administration over March’s directive to return COVID-19 patients to nursing homes.

It blamed the spread of the virus and the massive number of deaths in the state’s nursing homes among asymptomatic staff and visitors entering the facilities.

Earlier this month, it emerged that the data from the report had been massaged to hide the true magnitude of the crisis.

A bomb report revealed that Cuomo’s office had asked the state health service to change the definition of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.

State health officials originally included nursing home residents who died after being transported to hospitals in the number of deaths in long-term care facilities, but Cuomo’s top aides asked the state health department to remove the hospital deaths from the numbers before the report was made public.

This revision resulted in the report describing 6,432 nursing home deaths up to that point – a significant under-figure of the actual death toll and a drop from the nearly 10,000 included in the first draft of the report.

The actual number of deaths among nursing home residents only became apparent this year after an evaluation by the attorney general.

DeRosa is said to have been one of the key figures behind the changes to the final version of the report.

Richard Azzopardi, a senior adviser to the governor, denied any connection between the memoir’s writing and the health department report in a statement to the Times.

Cuomo also targeted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in an early draft of the book, calling him `` one of the worst mayors in modern history '' in a three-page rant about his old enemy, which is version was removed.

Cuomo also targeted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in an early draft of the book, calling him `` one of the worst mayors in modern history '' in a three-page rant about his old enemy, which is version was removed.

Cuomo also targeted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in an early draft of the book, calling him “ one of the worst mayors in modern history ” in a three-page rant about his old enemy, which is version was removed.

“There’s no connection between the report and this outside project, period,” Azzopardi said Wednesday.

“And any other suggestion is just wrong.”

Azzopardi said the July 6 report was not intended to be a “full account” of the number of deaths in nursing homes, but to investigate whether government policies “contributed to more deaths.”

The early draft of Cuomo’s memoir also revealed that he planned to unleash de Blasio in a three-page tirade before the section was cut from the final draft.

In it, Cuomo dismissed de Blasio’s ‘status’ as ‘somewhere between negative and irrelevant’ and unfavorably compared him to another enemy – Donald Trump.

He wrote that while the mayor was “annoying and counterproductive,” the then president was a “serious threat.”

Cuomo dismissed de Blasio, who he once called ‘a friend in the deepest sense of the word’, as a political opportunist with ‘very little interest or aptitude for government policy or government operations’ and boasted that he was more popular than him.

“My popular rating in New York City has always been higher than his,” he wrote.

De Blasio, meanwhile, is “seen as one of the worst mayors in modern history,” suffering from “distinctly ego-driven narcissism,” Cuomo wrote.

In a statement to the Times, a spokesman for De Blasio referred back to Cuomo’s “ego-driven narcissism.”

“Andrew Cuomo writing about ego-driven narcissism sounds like the pot calling the kettle black,” said Bill Neidhardt.

“It’s more of the same of a bully facing impeachment after covering up deaths in nursing homes and numerous credible assault allegations.”

Love has not been lost between the two men for years.

The two men then worked together de Blasio was appointed Regional Director for Housing and Urban Development for New York and New Jersey in 1997 and reported directly to Cuomo, Bill Clinton’s Secretary for Housing and Urban Development.

But wWhen de Blasio was elected mayor of Cuomo’s governor in 2014, their relationship quickly deteriorated.

Tensions peaked last year when they talked about the coronavirus pandemic.

De Blasio this month joined Cuomo’s call to resign as multiple women – including several current and former aides – came forward to accuse the governor of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

Cuomo’s memoirs came out in October at a time when the state – which was the world’s virus epicenter in April – was heading for another wave.

In it, he praised his own leadership during the pandemic and described how he tried to calm Trump down to get hospital beds, ventilators and other supplies for New York.

Not in the book mentioned its own shortcomings, including the thousands of deaths of patients in nursing homes in New York.

Critics rejected the governor at the time, saying it was a shame that he was trying to make money from the crisis and that it was also premature given the pandemic was far from over.