The ex-top Gov. Cuomo aide accused of pocketing some $300,000 in bribes did not need youthful staffers to get raises as a result of “he thought public service was its personal reward,” a prime state official testified Wednesday.
Linda Lacewell, Cuomo’s chief of workers and counselor, made this disclosure whereas taking the stand in opposition to Joseph Percoco, whom she repeatedly described as very near the governor.
Percoco, 48, is accused of accepting cash from businessmen who sought plum state contracts, together with power exec Peter Galbraith Kelly, 54, in addition to upstate builders Joseph Gerardi, 58, and Steven Aiello, 59.
The Manhattan U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace additionally says Percoco helped land a elevate for Aiello’s son, who was working within the govt chamber.
Lacewell claimed Percoco had “final” authority over raises within the govt chamber — and that he wasn’t eager on giving them to junior staffers.
“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,” she recalled.