New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and convicted ex-aide Joseph Percoco.
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NEW YORK – A former aide-de-camp, in the vicinity of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that he considered him like a brother, was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday for fraud and acceptance of bribes. The judge said she hopes to hear that the penalty “will be in Albany.”
U.S. district judge Valerie E. Caproni tried to the conviction of Joseph Percoco in perspective, having regard to other recent high-profile conviction of the heads of state.
She said those who do not seek the modest salaries of the government jobs, Supplement their income by accepting bribes.
“If you do, this dish will show you no mercy,” she said.
Percoco, 49, was convicted in March of accepting more than 300,000 US dollars from companies that wanted to win influence in the Cuomo administration.
The conviction was an election-year embarrassment for Cuomo. His opponents say it proves that the two-term Democrat has not done enough to combat chronic corruption in state government, even within his own administration.
Prosecutors Caproni set Percoco had condemned asked to five years in prison. His lawyers said he should not age more than two.
Cuomo was not behavior accused of wrongdoing, but testimony presented an unflattering picture of the inner workings of his office.
In a statement after the verdict was announced, Cuomo said: “Joe Percoco will pay the price, for the violation of the public trust. And it should serve as a warning to all, the fails, to maintain her or his oath as a public servant. On a personal level, the human tragedy for Joe’s young children and family is a very sad result.”
In a court filing, Percoco wrote the lawyers, that his punishment has already begun.
“The trial that played out on the pages of almost every newspaper and media market in New York — has it all, but Joe destroyed life’s. Joe faces the threat of insolvency and a substantial term of imprisonment,” she wrote.
In court, Percoco Caproni said he wanted to Express how sad I am for my actions.”
Outside court, Percoco, declined to comment, walking away when he was asked if he had a crisis of conscience.
His lawyer, Barry Bohrer, said outside court it was a “difficult day in court.” He vowed to appeal.
“We had hoped for better. Obviously, it is not the sentence we requested, but it was not the sentence the government requested, either. Mr. Percoco is a man of strength and a man of faith. He has faith in the system and we are confident that our appeal will be successful,” drill.
Office of the public Prosecutor in pretrial submissions had called the Caproni send a message to state officials.
“The court is aware, and all too sad, Percoco process exposed misconduct at high levels of government, which is hardly different. The recent persecutions and trials in this district free of the ugly truth, which leads, all too often, the political power and responsibility in New York to political corruption,” one wrote.
After the verdict was announced, U.S. attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement that the penalty “sends a strong message that public officials in violation of their duties of loyalty to serve the citizens of New York, to be held responsible for their corrupt actions.”
While the state dismissed the democratic primary contest, Cuomo’s opponent, Cynthia Nixon, the Governor of the statement that he knew about Percoco’s did miss.
“We have to either incompetence or corruption,” she said. “What is it?”
The scandal has not significantly Cuomo violated with Democrats. He won in a landslide. But his Republican opponent in the General election, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, to investigate, lifted the stick, questions, police, Percoco a country office and a telephone, while he was leading Cuomo’s 2014 re-election bid.
Percoco plays a big role in Molinaro’s “Cuomo’s corruption Tour”, a series of campaign events he started last week.