Former Cuomo top aide found guilty on 3 counts in corruption trial

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And it could not reach a verdict on two counts against one of Percoco's co-defendants, an executive accused of bribing him in exchange for official actions. "I am glad that the call for transparency and honesty in government has prevailed in this case".

He was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and one count of soliciting bribes. NY state is the most corrupt in the nation but certain members of the Legislature seem in no hurry to stomp it out.

Joe Percoco was facing six counts of extortion, bribery and corruption.

The prosecution also showed how Percoco continued to use his state office and flex his muscle even after he'd supposedly resigned in 2014 to work on the governor's campaign full-time.

Aiello and Gerardi are expected to face a second trial on separate charges that they took part in a bid-rigging scheme involving a billion-dollar development project in Buffalo, New York.

The verdict followed a multi-week trial that put a spotlight on the attempts of private companies to gain influence with Cuomo, a Democrat who once likened Percoco to a brother. One guilty verdict was linked to Percoco's schoolteacher wife, Lisa, who was hired by Kelly to a $90,000-per-year low-show job. At one point, the key prosecution witness, a long-time lobbyist and supposed bribe-intermediary named Todd Howe, was arrested for credit card fraud, almost blowing up the whole case against Percoco.

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Howe, who pleaded guilty to numerous crimes after cooperating with prosecutors, became a focus of the trial when he admitted violating his deal with prosecutors by improperly trying to recover the cost of a night at a luxury Manhattan hotel from a credit card company.

The case highlighted Percoco's use of the word "ziti" in emails with Howe, a term borrowed from The Sopranos.

It led the government to have his bail revoked midway through his seven days on the witness stand. They said Kelly, a former executive at Competitive Power Ventures, hoped to clear hurdles with the state for power plants by paying Percoco's wife $290,000 in salary for a job that required little work.

Star federal witness Howe had ties of his own to the governor dating back 30 years.

Much of the government's narrative of the bribery schemes revolved around Todd R. Howe, a disgraced former lobbyist and longtime Albany insider, who prosecutors said engineered the bribes from the executives - Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr., who worked for a Maryland-based power company, and Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi, of a Syracuse-area development company - to Percoco.

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