The New York ethics panel have voted for an internal investigation into embattled former New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s $5.1 million (USD) book deal which details how he lead his state through the pandemic.

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics voted unanimously in a closed session, according to the Daily News.

The commission will hire an outside law firm to “conduct an inquiry into the facts, circumstances, policies and practices” in relation to Governor Cuomo’s staff who signed off on the deal.

Earlier this year Governor Cuomo’s taxes showed he would be paid $3.1 million for last year’s work and $2.1 million this year to write his COVID-19 memoir ‘American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.’

His memoir announcement copped backlash as the governor was scrutinised for his handling of the pandemic.

Mr Cuomo had multiple sexual harassment allegations hanging over his head, falsified nursing home death data and prioritised limited COVID testing for his own family.

He resigned from governor in August after an investigation carried out by New York Attorney General Letitia James found he sexually harassed at least 11 women who had worked for him.

Ms James is also in the midst of an investigation into whether the former governor used state resources to write the memoir.

A spokesperson for Mr Cuomo said staffers who worked on the memoir did so in their own time and called the accusations a “political pile-on” in April.

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