NY Gov. Cuomo to Publish Book on Coronavirus Response This Fall

By WCBS Newsradio 880

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is writing a book that will look back on his experiences handling the coronavirus pandemic in New York.

"American Crisis" will be released Oct. 13 and is being published by Crown.

“In his own voice, Andrew Cuomo chronicles in ‘American Crisis’ the ingenuity and sacrifice required of so many to fight the pandemic, sharing his personal reflections and the decision-making that shaped his policy, and offers his frank accounting and assessment of his interactions with the federal government and the White House, as well as other state and local political and health officials," Crown told the Associated Press.

The news comes the morning after Cuomo delivered an address on the first night of the Democratic National Convention. In his five minute speech, the third-term governor thanked those who helped New York when it was "ground zero" for the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., criticized the Trump administration for its response to the pandemic and called the spread of the virus a metaphor for the divisions "that have been growing deeper" within the country.

The governor first told WAMC last month that he was considering writing a book about the lessons learned during the pandemic.

"Whatever happens this is going to be a period to learn from," Cuomo told WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock. "I am now thinking about writing a book about what we went through, lessons learned, the entire experience, because if we don't learn from this, then it will really compound the whole crisis that we've gone through."

During New York's fight with the virus, Cuomo emerged as one of the key faces of the pandemic as he held daily press briefings for 111 consecutive days, updating the public on the spread of the virus and what measures were being taken to flatten the curve.

Other states often looked to how Cuomo handled New York's response to the crisis through the 42 days it took to reach the peak before coming back down "the other side of the mountain" — a phrase the governor has often used to describe the state's battle with the virus.

His handling of the situation raised his approval rating at one point to 87%.

The governor has come under criticism over the state's high death toll in nursing homes and a state policy that had required nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients. Last month, the state's health department released a report that claimed the large number of nursing home deaths from COVID-19 was not the fault of state policy, but staff who unknowingly infected residents.

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