Gov. Cuomo’s chief of employees and counselor, Linda Lacewell, took the stand Wednesday afternoon within the corruption case in opposition to his former aide — saying the 2 males had been “very shut.”
Lacewell was known as by prosecutors to testify in opposition to Joseph Percoco, Cuomo’s onetime pal turned lobbyist, who’s now going through bribery costs in Manhattan Federal Courtroom.
“They had been very shut,” mentioned Lacewell, echoing the phrases many others have used to explain their relationship.
“Often he was wherever the governor was going to be,” Lacewell later mentioned.
When prosecutor Janis Echenberg requested Lacewell whether or not some other govt chamber staffers hung round Cuomo as a lot as Percoco did, she replied “No.”
Percoco is accused of pocketing some $300,000 in change for serving to highly effective execs who needed to do enterprise with New York State.
Prosecutors cost that Percoco accepted cash from Aggressive Energy Ventures exec Peter Galbraith Kelly, so he would promote a $100 million state contract for the vitality firm.
Kelly, who can also be on trial, is accused of getting Percoco’s schoolteacher spouse a sketchy $90,000-a-year educating gig with CPV.
Percoco, who can also be accused of illicitly getting a elevate for a developer’s son whereas he labored in Cuomo’s workplace, opposed increased salaries for junior staffers, Lacewell mentioned at one level throughout her testimony.
“He usually didn’t help raises as a result of he thought public service was its personal reward and that they should not actually be pushing for more cash,” Lacewell recalled.