After more than a week of deliberations, the jury deciding the fate of a former top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo came to a verdict Tuesday.
Joseph Percocco was found guilty on two honest services fraud charges and one solicitation of bribes and gratuity charge. He was found not guilty on three counts of extortion.
Deliberations began March 1st in the case against Percoco and three businessmen. The jury considered the government’s claims that the 48-year-old Percoco accepted over 300-THOUSAND dollars in bribes from the businessmen in exchange for providing help they needed from the state.
Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb released a statement Tuesday afternoon on the verdict:
“The jury in the Joe Percoco case has finally spoken. Now it’s time for the governor to do the same.
For eight weeks, federal prosecutors detailed the troubling behavior and questionable approach of this administration. It is abundantly clear that New York State is not working for the people. It is working for the politically connected and those who can afford a lofty price of admission.
Albany’s golden age of corruption is not ending anytime soon. Criminal activity has infected every branch of government, the state’s highest offices and most powerful public officials.
Sadly, the culture of corruption is so deeply embedded into the fabric of Albany many observers can hardly tell one trial, one charge, one scheme from the next. If elected officials are serious about preserving the institution of state government, we must take immediate and decisive steps to combat the rampant abuse of the public’s trust and money.”