Percoco trial continues with day two of testimony

NEW YORK (NEWS10) – Day two of testimony wrapped up in the federal corruption and bribery trial for former top Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco.

It was a tedious and long day for the jury who spent the majority of the day listening to testimony surrounding bank records. The second witness in the case took the stand Wednesday afternoon testifying to Joseph Percoco’s power inside the governor’s office.

Linda Lacewell is currently on the stand. She works in the governor’s office as chief of staff and counselor. She testified to Percoco’s job in the governor’s office as the executive deputy secretary, a top position.

Lacewell testified that no one in the executive chamber was closer to the governor than Percoco. She also recalled conversations she and the governor had with Percoco during the federal investigation.

Percoco faces several bribery and corruption charges accused of accepting tens of thousands of dollars from two companies and in exchange using his power on a state level. Joseph Gerardi and Steven Aiello, with Syracuse based COR development, and Peterson Galbraith Kelly Jr., with energy company CPV, are also on trial for their parts in the alleged schemes.

Earlier, the jury listened to a break down of finances by the first witness, an FBI forensic accountant. Much of her testimony showed money from both COR and CPV moving into accounts. A day or two later, checks in the same amounts were allegedly being written to Percoco’s wife. That witness also testified to total amounts in the Percoco’s bank accounts as well as the debt they owed.

Lacewell is now under cross-examination and will have to go through that with the defense for all four defendants. That’s expected to continue Wednesday morning.


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