Fighting Back. The Cuomo camp is responding to the vote of the JCOPE requiring return of the 5.1 Million Dollar book advance. Longtime spokesman Rick Azzopardi declared “This is political hypocrisy and duplicity at its worst.” Insisting that state staffers volunteered for the memoir project, he added that “Governor Cuomo received a JCOPE opinion and advice of counsel stating that government resources could not be used — and they weren’t — and any staffer who assisted in this project did so on their own time, which was reflected on their timesheets.” He fired back that Albany pols are guilty of similar actions. Cuomo cronies remain defiant as is to be expected. They continue to stonewall and deny wrongdoing. Fighting Back. The pitbulls who once ran state government are barking up the wrong tree !!