Cuomo Writing Book Focused on His Coronavirus Pandemic Response


After receiving nationwide attention for his management of the coronavirus pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is reflecting on his experience by writing a new book scheduled to be released on Oct. 13.

“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 Books said in a statement.

Crown Books shared an excerpt with The Associated Press where Cuomo explained he would not allow fear to get in the way of his response to the outbreak.

“The questions are what do you do with the fear and would you succumb to it,” Cuomo wrote.

He added, “I would not allow the fear to control me. The fear kept my adrenaline high and that was a positive. But I would not let the fear be a negative, and I would not spread it. Fear is a virus also.”

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The anticipated chronicle of his leadership comes after Cuomo has expressed his concern about how the Trump administration has handled the pandemic and doubled down on his comments during the Democratic National Convention on Monday, as IJR previously reported.

Cuomo has received praise for his handling of the outbreak and has touted the state’s success in bringing the number of infections down. The state of New York was once considered the epicenter in the U.S.

“We went through hell, but we have learned so much. New York went from one of the highest [COVID-19] rates to one of the lowest,” Cuomo said.

On Aug. 17, New York reported at least 11 new coronavirus related deaths and 410 new cases.

Since the onset of the pandemic, there have been more than 430,000 cases and over 32,000 deaths in the U.S.

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