Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo, has been sentenced by a federal judge to six years in prison for fraud and accepting bribes.
Percoco was convicted in March of accepting more than 300-THOUSAND dollars from companies that wanted influence with the Cuomo administration. The governor wasn’t charged in the case and denied any knowledge of Percoco’s influence peddling. However, trial testimony presented an unflattering picture of the inner workings of his office.
The 49-year-old is due to report to federal prison on Dec. 28th.
Governor Andrew Cuomo: “I was an Assistant District Attorney and Attorney General, and the rule of law is paramount. Joe Percoco is paying the price for violating the public trust. And it should serve as a warning to anyone who fails to uphold his or her oath as a public servant. On a personal level, the human tragedy for Joe’s young children and family is a very sad consequence.”
Assemblyman Brian Kolb: “Joe Percoco’s sentencing is just another chapter in the never-ending story of corruption in Andrew Cuomo’s Albany. The governor’s longtime friend and most trusted aide is headed to prison, and more members of the Cuomo team will likely face the same fate in the near future.
The eight-week trial highlighted criminal activity at the highest levels of state government, and provided the public with a glimpse into the shady backroom deals and pay-to-play politics that have infected the Capitol and defined this administration. It is undeniable that state government has been put up for sale. Andrew Cuomo’s $31 million campaign war chest didn’t happen by accident, and didn’t happen without people going to jail.
At nearly every turn, the Cuomo Administration and the Assembly Democrats have stood in the way of real reforms while benefitting from the status quo. Even as corrupted state job programs generated more convictions than commerce, they refused to pass measures to raise the level of accountability and give New Yorkers more access and insight into government operations. Assembly Republicans have offered dozens of anti-corruption proposals, yet our Democratic counterparts have blocked everything from term limits to transparency bills. The refusal to address Albany’s most pressing issue is no longer acceptable. It’s time to act.
Percoco’s sentence offers a measure of justice for everyday taxpayers whose interests rank far behind the politically connected and wealthy donors in Albany’s culture of corruption. But until real reform is passed, until the status quo changes, New Yorkers can expect to see the same sad story again.”
Marc Molinaro: “Andrew Cuomo was sentenced today — he just doesn’t have to do the time. He came into office promising reform and ended up turning New York State government into a corrupt, taxpayer-paid enterprise that works only to further his presidential ambitions.
“In the coming weeks other top Cuomo lieutenants and donors within the Cuomo Machine will be sentenced to jail time, while Mr. Cuomo skates free, unscathed and un-investigated. Two attorneys general have been too afraid to investigate his alleged illegalities. The Manhattan District Attorney is afraid. Mr. Cuomo’s ethics commission, JCOPE, is, indeed, a joke, and no one will investigate his constant election law violations.
“That leaves it up to the People of New York to act. Only they can prove Teddy Roosevelt’s adage true, that ‘no man is above the law.’ Only the people of this great state can take a stand to stop the corrupt enterprise that is the Cuomo Administration.
“I remind those New Yorkers of one thing today: We don’t have to live this way. The Cuomo Corruption Tax that costs taxpayers billions and that wastes billions more on corporate pay-to-play giveaways is optional. We can opt out of it by retiring Governor Cuomo in November. We can do better as a state. That is what I am offering, today and for the next four years.”