Corruption trial of ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo aide to begin

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Posted: Jan 21, 2018 10:27 AM
Corruption trial of ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo aide to begin

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The corruption trial of a former top adviser to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to begin in Manhattan.

The case against Joe Percoco gets underway Monday with jury selection. The trial is expected to last several weeks.

Percoco and several co-defendants have pleaded not guilty in a case that alleges bid-rigging and bribery related to state economic development projects. Percoco was once a top administration insider who the governor likened to a brother.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not been accused of wrongdoing and says he knew nothing of the actions alleged by prosecutors.

But the trial could still create political challenges for the governor, who is seeking a third-term this fall and has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2020.