Former Cuomo 'Enforcer' Convicted on Corruption Charges

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He was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and one count of soliciting bribes. Aiello was found guilty on Tuesday of one count of conspiracy, while Gerardi was acquitted of all charges, Dawn Dearden, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors, said.

At the height of his influence, Mr. Percoco, whom Mr. Cuomo had once described as his father's "third son", was known as the governor's enforcer, responsible for everything from keeping lawmakers in line and intimidating Mr. Cuomo's political rivals to making sure chairs and thermostats were in order for the governor's public appearances.

The jury indicated to the court that it had reached a verdict after earlier in the day asking whether it could reach a partial verdict.

Howe, who had pleaded guilty to eight felonies and was cooperating with prosecutors, described how Percoco helped the Syracuse company evade a costly union requirement on a development and wrangled a pay raise for Aiello's son, who worked in state government.

Jurors sent a note Monday and the week prior saying they were deadlocked.

Percoco has been found guilty of two counts of conspiracy and guilty on one count of solicitation of a bribe.

Prosecutors have said that Kelly bribed Percoco by giving his wife, Lisa Percoco, a mostly no-show job that paid $90,000 a year for three years in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to win favorable treatment from state officials for two power plant projects. This latter charge could create more legal headaches for both Percoco (and Cuomo) on grounds that he still had access to state offices - and probably influence - when he should not have had either.

Cuomo was not accused of wrongdoing.

The case highlighted Percoco's use of the word "ziti" in emails with Howe, a term borrowed from The Sopranos. Mr. Aiello and Mr. Gerardi also face charges in that trial.

It led the government to have his bail revoked midway through his seven days on the witness stand. But he insisted he was a changed man, hoping to get leniency by telling the truth about old friend Percoco. Monthly $7,500 checks were routed to her through a consultant and Kelly kept her name out of any publicity relating to the program, company witnesses said. The other scheme involved a Syracuse-based developer where Percoco received $35,000 in payments in exchange for helping the company beat back a labor agreement and gain back money owed to them by the state.

Gerardi and Aiello said Howe hired Percoco on his own without their knowledge, and they never entered into a corrupt quid-pro-quo deal.

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