ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo mentioned Friday he doesn’t consider the federal corruption trial of his former high aide, Joseph Percoco, will affect badly on him.
Cuomo throughout a convention name with reporters gave a steely one-word reply — “no” — when requested if he’s involved how the trial will mirror on his governorship.
He didn’t elaborate.
The governor additionally handed when requested about testimony from his Chief of Employees Linda Lacewell on the trial this week that Percoco continued to return into the workplace even after he left the state payroll to run the governor’s 2014 re-election marketing campaign.
The feds have accused Percoco of taking bribes from firms with enterprise earlier than the state.
Citing his background as a former state lawyer common and Manhattan assistant district lawyer, Cuomo mentioned it might be improper to remark in the midst of a case.
“I’ve an incredible respect for the method and consider the method needs to be revered,” he mentioned. “We’re in the midst of a trial. I feel it might be extremely inappropriate for me to supply commentary at the moment.”
Lacewell, after ending her two-day testimony Thursday, instructed reporters she additionally doesn’t consider the trial will damage the governor’s future in politics. Cuomo is up for reelection this 12 months and has been mentioned as a doable 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
“Under no circumstances. That is it,” Lacewell replied outdoors of Manhattan Federal Court docket. “Thanks.”
The Percoco trial was darkish on Friday, however because of resume on Monday in Manhattan federal court docket.