The Joint Commission on Public Ethics voted on the matter Tuesday.READ MORE: Andrew Cuomo's Lawyer Responds To New Evidence Released By Attorney General
In November, the committee rescinded its approval for the book, saying it originally greenlighted the project based on the promise that no government staffers would be used to help edit or produce it, but complaints later surfaced that pledge was not upheld.READ MORE: Forcible Touching Charge Dismissed Against Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo
The decision gives Cuomo 30 days to turn the money over to the state Attorney General.
“JCOPE’s actions today are unconstitutional, exceed its own authority and appear to be driven by political interests rather than the facts and the law,” Cuomo’s attorney said in a statement. “Should they seek to enforce this action, we’ll see them in court.”MORE NEWS: TIMELINE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Resigns In Wake Of Sexual Harassment, Nursing Home Scandals
The statement also said “any staffer who assisted in this project did so on their own time.”