Cuomo Wins Memoir Lawsuit. He had sued the defunct Joint Committee on Public Ethics that had voted to claw back his 5.1 Million advance. Judge Denise Hartman ruled in his favor. The JCOPE had initially authorized his advance. It later reversed course on allegations that state employees had worked on the volume on state time. The ex Governor maintained that such labor was done voluntarily on their own time. He also claimed the Committee’s actions denied him due process. Cuomo can keep the money for now. The Judge’s ruling provides that the new commission formed by Hochul can take up the matter, following appropriate protocols. So it is far from settled. Cuomo lawyer Rita Glavin Rita Glavin termed JCOPE’s actions “shameful, unlawful, and a waste of taxpayer’s funds.” Cuomo Wins Memoir Lawsuit. The legal wrangling just goes on and on !!