State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has called for a criminal probe into whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo had state employees work on his best-selling memoir about the coronavirus crisis, according to a letter made public Monday.
In official correspondence with state Attorney General Letitia James, DiNapoli asked that she “investigate the alleged commission of any indictable offense or offenses” related to the book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
“I further confer to you the authority to prosecute the person or persons believed to have committed the same and any crime or offense arising out of such investigation or prosecution, or both,” he wrote.
DiNapoli said the probe should address the potential “use of property, services or resources of the state for personal purposes, private business purposes or other compensated non-governmental purposes by the Executive Chamber.”
DiNapoli said the scope of the investigation should include “the drafting, editing, sale and promotion of the Governor’s book and any related financial or business transactions.”
The letter, dated Tuesday, was first reported by the New York Times, which last month revealed that Cuomo allegedly used staffers to help with the manuscript, for which he was reportedly offered more than $4 million.
James’ office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.