New York - A jury has been selected in the bribery and corruption trial of Governor Andrew Cuomo's most trusted confidante.
Opening statements are set to begin today in the trial of Joespeh Percoco. Prosecutors will try and prove that Percoco accepted three-hundred thousand dollars in bribes from a couple of companies that worked for the state, including Fayetteville's COR Development.
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COR Development executives Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi are co-defendants in the case. Prosecutors say, that through their ex-lobbyist Todd Howe, they paid $35,000 in bribes to Percoco's wife in exchange for a favorable outcome to skirt past Labor Union rules for a development project in Syracuse's Inner Harbor. Howe has taken a plea deal and is expected to be the star witness in the case.
Governor Cuomo hasn't been accused of any wrongdoing but the trial is expected to shine a light on how his administration operates.