- Gov. Cuomo’s publisher says it has “no plans” to reprint his book or release it in paperback.
- Crown Publishing Group cited the investigation into how his office handled nursing-home deaths.
- Cuomo also faces sexual-harassment allegations from multiple women.
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The publisher of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s book about how he handed the coronavirus pandemic has stopped promoting it after his aides were accused of hiding COVID-19 deaths.
Gillian Blake of Crown Publishing Group, the book’s publisher, told The New York Times that the group has “no plans” to reprint the book or make it available in paperback form. Cuomo’s book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” was published in October 2020.
Blake cited “the ongoing investigation into [New York State] reporting of COVID-related fatalities in nursing homes,” The Times said.
“Pending the ongoing investigation, we have paused active support of ‘American Crisis’ and have no plans to reprint or reissue in paperback,” Blake said, according to The Times.
A spokesman for Cuomo did not immediately return the Times’ request for comment about the book.
Since the publication of Cuomo’s book, the governor’s office has been accused of covering coronavirus deaths in nursing homes.
A January 28 report from New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed that the state had been purposefully undercounting its COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, and that her office has opened an investigation. Last week The Wall Street Journal reported that Cuomo’s advisors successfully pressured state health officials to undercount those deaths in a government report last summer.
Cuomo currently also faces sexual-harassment accusations from multiple women.
A total of five women have accused him of inappropriate behavior, including making unwanted advances, and The Washington Post reported that 20 people who worked with him since the 1990s say he fostered a “hostile” and “toxic” workplace.
This prompted some lawmakers to call on him to resign.
Cuomo, a Democrat who has been New York’s governor since 2010, denied touching women inappropriately, but said he was sorry for upsetting women he worked with.
“I understand sensitivities have changed. Behavior has changed,” he said at a press conference. “I get it and I’m going to learn from it.”
But he also said he would not resign over the harassment allegations, telling reporters on Sunday: “The premise of resigning because of allegations is actually anti-democratic.”
The Associated Press reported that he told a state lawmaker that he would need to be impeached if lawmakers wanted him out of office.
After its October publication, Cuomo’s book appeared The New York Times Best Sellers list and was purchased over 11,000 times, as Cuomo was widely praised for his response to the first wave of the pandemic, when New York was the epicenter of the US outbreak.
But sales started to fall dramatically at the end of January, and it sold just 300 copies in February.