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‘It was not optional’: Cuomo staffers say work on governor’s pandemic book was not voluntary

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is once again in hot water as several staffers came forward to say their work on his COVID-19 response book was not voluntary, despite the office saying it was.

According to Fox News, several staffers have come forward to say their work was not voluntary, which would then be illegal and an ethics violation.

The Governor’s office had previously claimed the work was not forced or a part of anyones’ jobs.

“As is permissible and consistent with ethical requirements, people who volunteered on this project did so on their own time,” Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said last week.

Local newspaper The Times Union of Albany repoted that staffers came forward to the paper.

There was a “clear expectation that we would do political work to help with his campaign and run the governor’s personal errands in the Executive Chamber,” one staffer told the paper.

It is illegal in New York for the governor or any staff to use government resources for personal gain.

Another staffer said “it was not optional.”

“It was considered a part of your job. Everyone knew that you did what was asked of you and opting out was never really an option,” a former staffer told the Times Union.

The news comes as New York representative Lee Zeldin announced his candidacy for New York governor last week.

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Information emerges on ‘conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer’ who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial

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As the jury selection for former President Donald Trump’s hush-money trial was being finalized, Max Azzarello set himself on fire Friday afternoon outside the Manhattan courthouse. The event was caught on video by multiple media outlets, and police officers can be seen in the videos dousing Azzarello’s body with a fire extinguisher.

National Review reports on the bizarre occurrence:

Azzarello appears to be a conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer and operations manager who threw pamphlets into the air before self-immolating that directed bystanders to his Substack blog, “The Ponzi Papers.” Azzarello writes on his Substack of a supposed “totalitarian con” and identifies himself as the man who set himself on fire outside of the Trump courthouse.

Azzarello warns of what he believes to be cryptocurrency ponzi scheme being manipulated by economic elites, most notably tech billionaire Peter Thiel. He claims the government is a “secret kleptocracy” full of financial criminals and highlights The Simpsons as a tool supposedly used by elites to brainwash the American people.

His LinkedIn page features a picture of himself with former president Bill Clinton, a subject of his conspiracy theories, and lists his various marketing and operations positions in politics and tech.

 

 

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