The “friends” scattered, leaving separately through different court house doors, united only in their silent response to press questions.
Joe Percoco, a former top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo, and seven co-defendants were arraigned today on federal corruption charges. According to prosecutors, some of alleged corrupt actions committed by Percoco were for “friends” of the governor and his political operation.
The eight defendants were arrested and charged in September on a criminal complaint prepared by the U.S. Attorney’s office. Today’s arraignment followed the recent issuance of an indictment by a federal grand jury, which replaced the criminal complaint. All eight defendants were reported to have entered not guilty pleas today.
Our post-arraignment photo gallery is here.
Joe Percoco, once among the most powerful New York political figures, appeared in federal court today to face criminal charges stemming from a pair of alleged bribery schemes. A longtime aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Percoco was one of nine men charged in connection with the alleged schemes. Three of those defendants, Percoco, SUNY Polytechnic Institute CEO Alain Kaloyeros and Peter Galbraith Kelly, appeared in federal court in Manhattan. The others appeared in federal court in Syracuse and Buffalo.
Percoco was visible to cameras for only a few seconds, despite a long day spent in the U.S. Attorney’s office and court. He was wholly out of sight until 4:30, when he appeared in a courtroom. Cameras are not permitted there, so his appearance in front of any press cameras was limited to a few second dash from the courthouse to a waiting car. Here’s a look:
Our full photo gallery is here.