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April 01, 2021

Killer Cuomo Assigned His Top Aides to Help (or Ghostwrite) His $4 Million Advance Book -- Public Employees Working for His Private Benefit -- While He Covered Up the Nursing Home Slaughter

Jesse McKinley, Danny Hakim and Alexandra Alter report at the (garbage-tier #Woke newsletter) NYT:

As Cuomo Sought $4 Million Book Deal, Aides Hid Damaging Death Toll

Gov. Andrew Cuomo boasted, "I am not a superhero," in early versions of his book, drafted as his aides scrubbed a politically damaging Health Department report.


ALBANY, N.Y. -- 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.

...

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.


...

Emails and an early draft of Mr. Cuomo's book obtained by The New York Times indicate that the governor was writing it as early as mid-June, relying on a cadre of trusted aides and junior staffers for everything from full-scale edits to minor clerical work, potentially running afoul of state laws prohibiting use of public resources for personal gain.


...

Ms. DeRosa, the highest nonelected official in Mr. Cuomo’s office, was particularly involved with the development of the book, and was present during some online pitch meetings with Mr. Cuomo. The July 5 request, in fact, was to print a 224-page draft entitled "MDR edits" -- a reference to Ms. DeRosa, who had sent the draft to Ms. Benton on July 4, according to the emails. The staffers communicated via personal Gmail accounts, not official governmental email addresses.

The Ruling Class is different than you and me.

DeRosa, of course, also served her King in a more delicate matter:

Ms. DeRosa also had significant input on the July 6 report issued by the Department of Health, which basically cleared Mr. Cuomo's administration of fault in its handling of nursing homes -- discounting the impact of a March 2020 state memo that had asked such facilities to take in or readmit residents who had tested positive for the disease.

Publishing houses are now mostly money-laundering operations to pay money to Democrat politicians:

Crown declined to comment on the sale price or confirm that it slightly exceeded $4 million, a large sum for an author whose previous memoir, "All Things Possible," from 2014, sold fewer than 4,000 hardcover copies.

We need a law (and a law in every state) that specified high-level government officials can only be paid by publishers on a per-book royalty basis. No more $10 million advances for books that sell 4000 copies. If you sell 4000 copies, you get your 10% or 15% on each of those copies.

The tolerated system of open graft by politicians taking money from gigantic media conglomerates must no longer be tolerated.

By the way, Cuomo's ninth accuser released a photo of Cuomo grabbing her by the cheeks and kissing her, which she says was against her will. She says she felt "manhandled."

She was seeking... state aid after a flood damaged her home.

And Cuomo, naturally, exercised his rights of prima noctae.

@GwynneFitz

Mar 29

Vill says Cuomo came to her town of Greece, New York when her home flooded in 2017. Cuomo asked to tour her flood-damaged home she shares with husband and kids. Cuomo forcibly kissed her on the cheek several times, and said "you are beautiful."

Gwynne Hogan
@GwynneFitz

"I felt embarrassed and weird," she says, adding she felt "manhandled." She then got a then got a call from a staffer who invited her to an event in town but not the rest of his family. "I know the difference between an innocent gesture and a sexual one."

It's good to be the king!


By the way, I have never seen History of the World Part 1. I haven't even seen more than a few minutes of it.

But I feel like I know the whole movie, because friends were always quoting it.

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