For decades, Joseph Percoco was among the most loyal aides and confidants to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, so close to his family that the governor once likened him to a brother.
This week, he faces trial in New York City on federal charges that he used that relationship to collect a fortune in bribes from two companies doing business with the state.
Jury selection is set to begin Monday in a case that has already proven to be a source of personal pain and political embarrassment for Cuomo, a Democrat and possible presidential candidate in 2020 who came into office vowing to do something about Albany’s corrupt culture.
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