Marc Molinaro will file a JCOPE complaint today, calling on the commission to investigate what he calls Governor Andrew Cuomo’s multiple violations of the Public Officers Law echoing Troopergate charges that rocked the Capital a decade ago.
Molinaro says in the first charge, the evidence presented at the trial of the Governor’s top aide, Joseph Percoco, indicated that he made 837 calls on 68 different days from his Executive Chamber desk phone in Manhattan despite his being on leave to serve as campaign manager for Cuomo 2014. This complaint alleges that Percoco’s actions were taken with the Governor’s knowledge, permission, and direction. In the second charge, Molinaro called on JCOPE to investigate the use of state resources in connection with the April 4th Democrat Unity summit, held at the Governor’s office on 3rd Avenue in Manhattan.
The Dutchess County Executive said, “Joe Percoco answered to one person, Andrew Cuomo, and based on the ruling in the Troopergate case, Governor Cuomo’s supervisory capacity over him makes him guilty of violating the Public Officers Law.”