In the midst of a global pandemic and a summer of widespread civil unrest, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has found the time to write a new book.
Entitled American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from The Covid-19 Pandemic, the Governor’s book is scheduled to be released on October 13, 2020. According to Politico, the book contains “leadership advice and a close look at his relationship with the administration of President Donald Trump.” Gov. Cuomo denies that the book is a history of the COVID-19 pandemic, and states (accurately) that the nation is still in the midst of the crisis. According to the Governor, “‘There is no telling of history when you are at halftime. It doesn’t work that way.’” Rather, he states that the book will offer a “‘halftime’ assessment of how the pandemics has been handled and provide insights as to how the federal government should proceed from this point forward.
The Governor’s two most recent general election opponents are not enamored of his book project. Former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino commented, “Instead of getting together with an editor and working on a book, I wish the governor would get together with state legislators and figure out not just how to best fully reopen our state but also how to rebuild our state.” Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro added, “Perhaps [the book will include] a chapter finally revealing the truth about the thousands of nursing home deaths” in New York.
Gov. Cuomo’s previous book, All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life, was a disastrous failure. While the Governor was paid nearly $800,000 for the 2014 memoir, it sold only 3,000 copies. The Governor has not yet disclosed how much he is being paid for American Crisis.
The most recent CDC data show that 32,553 New Yorkers have lost their lives due to COVID-19. The death toll in New York City alone (23,639) exceeds the death toll in any other U.S. state. And despite the state’s extensive efforts to provide up-to-date information on the coronavirus, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker has continued to deny that the state is ready to release the actual COVID-19 death toll amongst nursing home patients. Given the state’s current status and the Governor’s performance, his latest venture into authorship appears both self-indulgent and ill-timed.