New York’s defunct ethics panel votes to release report on Cuomo’s $5.1 million book deal in final meeting
Andrew Cuomo listens during a coronavirus news conference at the governor's Manhattan office March 2, 2020. - Barry Williams/New York Daily News/TNS

ALBANY, N.Y. — As its final action before being disbanded, New York’s much-maligned ethics panel voted Friday to release an outside report detailing its approval of a $5.1 million book deal for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In a 10-1 vote, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics moved to make public a report written by the law firm Hogan Lovells that found Cuomo “is at fault for misleading JCOPE” and the commission “should have recognized the potential ethical issues arising” from the deal. According to the report, Cuomo’s office “exerted pressure on JCOPE to expedite the approval of the request” of...