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Corruption Trial Could Bring Down New York’s Cuomo

An aide to the New York governor is standing trial Monday, facing charges he “shook down” business executives in exchange for government favors.

By NTK Staff | 01.22.2018 @11:00am
Corruption Trial Could Bring Down New York’s Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) won’t be taking the stand during a public corruption case starting Monday, but he’s just as much on trial as his aide facing charges.

Joseph Percoco, Cuomo’s gubernatorial campaign manager and “executive deputy secretary” in the governor’s office, is facing charges that he “shook down” executives in the energy and construction industries in exchange for official government favors.

While the governor isn’t implicated in the case, the contractors involved have all contributed to his campaign, and Cuomo has likened Percoco to a brother. Men who were once top officials in the administration will be put under oath, and prosecutors have hinted that the testimony could paint a picture of a culture of intimidation in the governor’s administration.

Cuomo is running for reelection in 2018, and many speculate he could have his eyes on a White House run in 2020. These corruption charges, which are so massive in scope they were split into two separate trials, place a “dark cloud” over Cuomo’s ambitions, according to Politico.

Pollster Steve Greenberg said there’s essentially no positive outcome from this trial for Cuomo. The question, rather, is more about impact.

“The question is, will [the trial] have no effect, a small negative effect on how voters view the governor or a large negative effect on how voters view the governor?” he told Politico.

Given Percoco’s loyalty to Cuomo, it’s unlikely the aide will implicate Cuomo in the trial, but revelations about the governor’s office’s intimidation tactics from various witnesses could prove damaging to Cuomo’s ambitions of higher office.

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