Monday, June 12, 2017

Prosecutors Gather Bank, Phone Records of Cuomo Aides


Investigators probing New York’s economic development initiatives have collected banking, telephone and email records from a wider array of aides to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and administration associates than previously disclosed.

According to a recent filing in the federal case, prosecutors have sought records from more than a dozen individuals, companies and campaign accounts that were not named in a 2016 indictment that alleged key officials and developers were involved in rigging bids for some of the state’s biggest projects.

The indictment charged Joseph Percoco, formerly one of Cuomo’s longest-tenured and closest advisers; Alain Kaloyeros, the former head of the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute; and six others in the alleged scheme. Todd Howe, a lobbyist who previously worked for Cuomo and the governor’s father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo, already has pleaded guilty in the case. Percoco, described in the indictment as Andrew Cuomo’s “right hand man,” is accused of pocketing more than $300,000 to wield influence over the governor’s executive chamber to steer bidding.

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Source: Newsday (via The Empire Report) 

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