Joint Commission to Investigate Book Deal. The JCOPE is calling a special meeting for that purpose. The Board never officially voted to allow Cuomo to earn outside income by writing his memoir. It was instead approved by Joint Commission staffers. This is yet another breach of state protocol. Cuomo cronies rallied to help him out. This was in direct conflict with and a violation of Public Ethics. The whole thing stinks. Attorney General Letitia James is looking into the sordid scandal. The US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York is similarly investigating. Possible criminal charges may emerge amid allegations that state employees helped prepare and edit the manuscript. Cuomo received an advance in excess of 5 Million Dollars for the volume. Joint Commission to Investigate Book Deal. They should claw back the money due to the irregularities and wrongdoing !!