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Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reportedly earned $3.12 million last year from his book on running the state during the pandemic and could earn roughly another $2 million over the next two years, the New York Times reported Monday.

Why it matters: These figures come from financial disclosures released by Cuomo's office Monday afternoon, revealing that earnings from the book far eclipsed his governor's salary of about $225,000, per the Times.

  • Richard Azzopardi, a spokesperson for Cuomo, told the Times Monday that the governor had earned only about $1.5 million after expenses and taxes and that part of the earnings had gone to New York's COVID relief effort and into a trust for Cuomo's daughters.

The big picture: Cuomo's book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic," was published last October and became a best-seller, partly in due to Cuomo's then-popularity and frequent televised briefings during the start of the pandemic.

But, but, but: Book sales slowed this year as Cuomo became entangled in controversies regarding nursing home deaths and sexual harassment allegations.

  • In March his publisher Crown halted promotion of the book and any plans for a paperback edition amid the federal investigation into New York's pandemic nursing home deaths.

Of note: According to the Times, it's not yet clear whether Crown will pay Cuomo the full amount stipulated in his contract, for more than $5 million through 2022, or whether the decision to scrap the paperback version will ultimately affect Cuomo's earnings.

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Cuomo's honorary Emmy rescinded after sexual harassment report, resignation

Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Tuesday rescinded the honorary Emmy it awarded former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Why it matters: The decision comes "in light of" an independent investigation that found the former governor sexually harassed multiple women and after Cuomo formally resigned from his post, the academy said.

Updated Aug 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Kathy Hochul sworn in as New York's first female governor

Kathy Hochul (right) is administered the oath of office as New York State governor by Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore as her husband, Bill Hochul, holds a Bible at the state Capitol in Albany, New York, on Tuesday. Photo: Hans Pennink-Pool/Getty Images

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn in as the state's 57th governor Tuesday, following former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Why it matters: Hochul, a Democrat, is the first woman to serve as governor of New York and will serve out the remainder of Cuomo's term until 2022.

Aug 24, 2021 - World

Former Trump Pentagon chief says U.S. troop withdrawal date was never fixed

Christopher Miller, then director of the National Counterterrorism Center, during a September Senate hearing in Washington, D.C. Photo: Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images

Chris Miller, the Trump administration's last acting defense secretary, told CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" Monday evening that there was never a concrete date to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Why it matters: Former President Trump has said President Biden should have stuck to the previous administration's May 1 deadline. But Miller told CNN's Chris Cuomo that there was always the provision for officials to "move the goal posts" on the date if required.