Cuomo May Retain Book Advance. That is the word from knowledgeable sources about his 5.1 Million dollar payday. The problem is the bizarre and inconsistent behavior of the Joint Committee on Public Ethics. The approval of the memoir last year was granted by a staffer and not the full Committee. They held 3 separate votes this year on clawing back their consent. Cuomo would argue in court that he was denied due process. Whether he is forced to return the sizable sum to Crown Publishing is not at all clear. There is likely to be protracted litigation. The controversy centers on whether the ex Governor used state employees to help produce the volume, which would be a serious Ethics violation. Cuomo May Retain Book Advance. Stay tuned as the legal wrangling begins !!