Cuomo confidantes hit with corruption charges

Federal charges were filed Thursday against nine people connected to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s upstate development projects, including his former top aide, Joseph Percoco, and his longtime family confidante, Todd Howe, prosecutors announced.

“We allege that Joseph Percoco, the former deputy executive secretary to the governor and therefore one of the most powerful people in all of New York, was on the take,” Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said when he announced the charges.

Seven others also were charged in the alleged bribery scheme tied to a slew of state-funded upstate development projects — including the so-called Buffalo Billion economic plan, according to a criminal indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros was among those named in the 80-page indictment in connection with fraudulently awarding hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts and other official state business, the documents allege.

“In each case, the bids were rigged and the results were preordained. Companies got rich and the public got bamboozled,” Bharara said. “Today’s charges shine a light on yet another sordid side of the show-me-the-money culture that has so plagued Albany.

10 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • The Redhawk says:

    HEY CUOMO… No Prblem!!!! Call Loretta Lynch, have a TARMAC MEETING and She’ll give another one of your CROOKS a Dispensation…Bring cash at that Meeting…

  • generalJed says:

    I used to go to Chicago “development” meetings years ago. They thought that I was “one of them”. I took an independent citizen with me as a witness. He could not believe the corrupt deals, especially in the Pullman District! Put Democrats in responsible positions, and corruption is what you will get with no oversight. Cuomo had the gall to pass his SAFE Act to punish innocent gun owners, then he told Christians and gun owners to stay out of HIS state, while trying to woo businesses into Upstate New York. What a hypocrite and criminal!

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  • ONLYJB1 says:

    Does it not make sense that cuomo is at the head of this corruption? cuomo opened all the doors using his govt. position!

  • Tyronne Shoelaces says:

    So NY is still corrupt, I’m sooooooo surprised. You know Cuomo’s hands are in here somewhere. Democrats are corrupt to the core. Sick bast*rds.

  • Luke says:

    These liberal people are nothing more than pathetic liars, cheats and criminals stealing from the hard working tax payer, they should be tarred and feathered…

  • Rodney Steward says:

    If U play with fire long enough U get burned, like the rest of the Dem. socialist, hope they all burn!

  • Mike V99 says:

    Everybody around Sfachime dirty, but he isn’t? Do we have another case of too big to prosecute here? Sorry, not buying it. When you roll around in the pig pen, you don’t come out clean.

  • Jerubbesheth xx says:

    that doesn’t say much about commissar Cuomo, you are known by the company you keep.

  • Niko says:

    Cuomocunt is most certainly involved in all of this. After these liberal whores start to break down for who gets a better deal they will surely tie Cuomocunt to all that had happened, that is something I have been waiting to happen for a long long time.

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