The statement reads as follows:
“I was contacted today by the head of the Elderly Care Unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office who informed me that they have closed his investigation involving the Executive Chamber and the nursing homes. nurses. I was told that after a full investigation – as we have always said – there was no evidence to suggest any laws were broken. “
The Cuomo administration is accused of having aides withhold the actual number of nursing home residents who died during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic through the summer of 2020, after his book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic, ”came out.
A report from the New York State Attorney General’s office released last January found nursing home deaths to be underestimated by up to 50% and initial data from the Department of Health’s New York State did not reflect nursing home residents who had been transferred to a hospital before they died.
The State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) retroactively withdrew its approval of Cuomo’s book in November.
JCOPE also tried to seize the $ 5.1 million it took from the book in December, but New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office said the commission should take more action before it s’ involve in collecting the money.
James’s office said JCOPE should produce an investigation report, outlining the laws that were broken and the amounts and penalties he was seeking and documenting any communications he had with Cuomo or his attorneys regarding the order, then show that he had exhausted his efforts to collect the debt.
Cuomo had obtained approval of his book contract in July 2020 from commission staff, after his attorney said he would not use any state staff or resources to produce his book and that he would write it “entirely on its own time”.
There are also allegations that Cuomo made assistants work on the Paid Time book that were described in the New York State Assembly Judiciary Committee’s impeachment report. Cuomo’s legal team denied the allegations, saying assistants had volunteered their time to work on the book.
Cuomo is due in court in Albany on Friday. A summons to appear for the offense of forced touching was filed in October. This accusation stems from accusations by a former aide that Cuomo reached under his shirt and grabbed his chest in the governor’s mansion.
Cuomo and his legal team have repeatedly denied that the former governor did this.
The governor was originally scheduled to appear in court in November, but was pushed back to January 7.