Gov. Cuomo on pandemic: It was a ‘tremendous personal benefit’

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the opening ceremony for the Tribeca Film Festival on June 9, 2021 in New York City. Actor Robert De Niro co-founded the festival, which is now in its 20th year. (Photo by Carlo Allegri-Pool/Getty Images)

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the opening ceremony for the Tribeca Film Festival on June 9, 2021 in New York City. (Carlo Allegri-Pool/Getty Images)

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recently called the COVID-19 pandemic a “tremendous personal benefit” after scoring a multi-million dollar book deal. During a virtual address to governors on Thursday, the Democrat said they have a new credibility and advised them to use their newfound power well.

This comes as his $5.1 million memoir, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” is pending investigation by federal officials. The investigation is focused on the Cuomo administration’s cover-up of the state’s nursing home death toll from COVID-19.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 08: Memorials hang from the front gate of Greenwood Cemetery during an event and procession organized by Naming the Lost Memorials to remember and celebrate the lives of those killed by the Covid-19 pandemic on June 08, 2021 in New York City. The group of volunteer activists, artists and folklorists has created memorial sites in New York City to name and remember the victims of Covid. An estimated 600,000 Americans have died from Covid-19. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Memorials hang from the front gate of Greenwood Cemetery during an event and procession organized by Naming the Lost Memorials to remember and celebrate the lives of those killed by the COVID-19 pandemic on June 08, 2021 in NYC. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Cuomo went on to claim that very few Americans went through what governors did. “Very few people were going through what we went through and we went through it together…and speaking for myself, it was a tremendous personal benefit,” said the Democrat.

Cuomo’s speech marked the end of his one-year presidency for the National Governor’s Association.

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