Governor Andrew M. Cuomo expected to earn more than $ 5 million from his book on Leading New York During the Coronavirus Pandemic, according to figures released by his office on Monday, as investigators continued to examine his use of resources of the state to write and promote the book.
The governor received the bulk of the money, $ 3.12 million, last year, state officials said. Under the contract, he is expected to receive an additional $ 2 million in installments over the next two years.
The exceptional deal on the book, which eclipsed the governor’s salary of $ 225,000, was reached last year after Mr Cuomo became a national prominence for televised press briefings during the uncertain first phase of the pandemic, when New York was the center of the country.
But the release of the details on Monday came as Mr Cuomo and his administration found themselves in a very different place: mired in multiple, overlapping investigations into the governor’s sexual harassment charges, his handling of data on nursing home deaths and its use of government. resources for working on the book.
In the publishing world, the revelation of Mr. Cuomo’s payment came as a shock: the amount seemed like a huge sum to be paid to a politician who already had a meager sales record for his previous book, a memoir that didn’t has only sold a few thousand printed copies. .
While former presidents reaped multi-million dollar advances – Bill Clinton sold his autobiography to Knopf for around $ 15 million, while Barack and Michelle Obama received some $ 65 million from Penguin Random House for their books – Mr. Cuomo’s book contract seemed much larger than those of other well-known elected officials.
The book, âAmerican Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the Covid-19 Pandemic,â proved to be a lucrative business for the governor, but since its publication in October, it has become a minefield for him and his publisher, Crown.