JCOPE Rescinds Book Deal Approval. The Joint Committee on Public Ethics voted 12 – 1 to revoke the authorization for Cuomo’s memoir. This may require him to give back the 5.1 Million Dollar advance he received for writing it. The dramatic move comes in the wake of allegations that state employees worked on producing and editing the volume. That would clearly be a violation of Ethics standards. Reaction was swift from the ex Governor’s camp. Long time spokesman Rick Azzopardi called it “the height of hypocrisy.” He charged that the politicians who appointed the Commissioners engage in similar practices. He morover claimed the staffers who helped with the project did so voluntarily. He dismissed the Committee’s vote, saying it “amounts to nothing more than Albany political corruption at its worst.” The WAR OF WORDS is in high swing. Where it will lead is anyone’s guess !!