NEW YORK CITY (WSYR-TV) - Once one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s most trusted aides, Joe Percoco was convicted on three counts on Tuesday.
A jury found Percoco guilty of two counts of conspiracy and solicitation of a bribe.
He was found not guilty of extortion.
COR Development executive Steve Aiello was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit services fraud. He was found not guilty of solicitation of a bribe.
Aiello's attorney plans to appeal the conviction.
COR Attorney Joseph Gerardi was found not guilty on the same charges as Aiello.
The jury was deadlocked on a decision regarding Peter Kelly's conspiracy charge.
Kelly runs a Hudson Valley energy company. He was also accused in this corruption trial.
Gov. Cuomo issued the following statement:
The jury has reached a verdict and I respect that decision. While I am sad for Joe Percoco's young daughters who will have to deal with this pain, I echo the message of the verdict - there is no tolerance for any violation of the public trust.
There is no higher calling than public service and integrity is paramount - principles that have guided my work during the last 40 years.
The verdict demonstrated that these ideals have been violated by someone I knew for a long time. That is personally painful; however, we must learn from what happened and put additional safeguards in place to secure the public trust. Anything less is unacceptable.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman offered a statement after the verdict:
“Joseph Percoco was found guilty of taking over $300,000 in cash bribes by selling something priceless that was not his to sell – the sacred obligation to honestly and faithfully serve the citizens of New York. As every schoolchild knows, but he corruptly chose to disregard, government officials who sell their influence to select insiders violate the basic tenets of a democracy. We will continue relentlessly to bring to justice those public officials who violate their oaths by engaging in this especially offensive misconduct.”
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