NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A lobbyist resumed testimony at the bribery trial of a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Todd Howe testified for a second day Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against his longtime friend, Joseph Percoco. He started the day talking about how he helped arrange a consulting job for Percoco’s wife with a client who needed help from the state.READ MORE: Former New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Says He Will Not Run For Governor
Howe methodically walked the jury through a series of emails. Percoco’s wife had been hired by a power company for a no-show job but she hadn’t been paid and Howe testified Percoco was “freaking out,” WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.
Then came word an invoice had been submitted and Howe emailed Percoco, “Ziti gets cleared on the 15th.” Ziti is code for money.
The government claims the emails show Percoco was helping the energy company and it contends the payments to Percoco’s wife were bribes.
Howe testified after the first check Percoco became more responsive to the company.READ MORE: New Film Studio Promises To Bring Jobs, Business To Yonkers
The 48-year-old Percoco has pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted over $300,000 in bribes to help three businessmen get favors from New York state.
Percoco’s lawyers say he acted legally.
Howe is testifying as the government’s chief witness after pleading guilty to multiple crimes including bribery and corruption.
Percoco’s lawyer said Howe is lying to get leniency after pleading guilty to charges that could result in decades in prison.MORE NEWS: Rescue Mission On Long Island Suffers Devastating Setback After Pipes Burst, Flooding Newly Renovated Dining Hall
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