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Jury selection starts at trial of NY governor’s ex-aide

January 22, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime aide to New York’s governor is being tried on charges he used their relationship to collect bribes from two companies doing business with the state.

Jury selection started Monday in federal court in Manhattan in the trial of Joseph Percoco, a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Percoco and several co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to charges of bid-rigging and bribery related to state economic development projects.

Cuomo, a Democrat, has not been accused of wrongdoing and is not expected to testify.

The charges against Percoco were brought by former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (bahr-AHR’-ah), who was fired by Republican President Donald Trump last year along with other federal prosecutors.

The trial will be the first major prosecution supervised by Bharara’s interim replacement, Geoffrey Berman.

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