New York’s ethics fee voted unanimously to rent a legislation agency to analyze its approval of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $5.1 million e book deal.

“The commission has voted to approve the retention of independent counsel to conduct an inquiry into the legal and procedural operations of the commission,” New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics Chairman Jose Nieves said Tuesday. “There will be further action and a future date.”

The vote was held throughout a closed-door session, with the fee voting to rent an out of doors legislation agency to “conduct an inquiry into the facts, circumstances, policies and practices” that led to JCOPE approving the e book deal.

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Several commissioners have been already important of the method that led to the e book’s approval, arguing that Cuomo’s pandemic-related e book was solely checked out by JCOPE staffers and was by no means the topic of a full vote by the panel.

The information comes as New York Attorney General Letita James can also be investigating whether or not Cuomo used state sources to write down and promote the e book, along with her workplace issuing subpoenas final month to collect info from JCOPE.

New York legislators from each events have been important of JCOPE, with some suggesting the state dispose of the fee, which was first created in 2011. Others have steered a constitutional modification that might merge the group with the legislative ethics fee.

Cuomo was replaced as governor by present Gov. Kathy Hochul after resigning in August amid a number of scandals involving his therapy of feminine staffers and his dealing with of nursing properties within the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing,” Cuomo mentioned on the time. “And therefore, that’s what I’ll do.”