One of the names that's been thrown around as a possible candidate in the 2020 presidential race is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Unfortunately for him, an aide's corruption trial might ruin that for the governor.
nypost.com reports: While his former top aide is the one facing a jury, Gov. Cuomo will be firmly on the hot seat as a blockbuster corruption trial gets underway Monday — one that experts say threatens to cripple a 2020 bid for the White House.
Joseph Percoco — a longtime Cuomo pal who the governor once likened to a brother — is charged with shaking down more than $315,000 in “pay-to-play” bribes from companies seeking millions of dollars worth of business with the state.
Cuomo can’t avoid getting tainted by the Manhattan federal court trial because “they are going to be talking about actions taken while Mr. Percoco was employed by the campaign and in state government,” said Albany Law School professor Christine Chung.
cnn.com reports: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he will use state funds to keep the Statue of Liberty open to visitors during the federal government shutdown during a press conference on Sunday.
Cuomo, a Democrat, said the landmark in New York Harbor will be "back to work tomorrow."
"When the Statue of Liberty closes, it disrupts many tourists' plans," Cuomo said. "We've contacted the federal Department of the Interior and we worked out an arrangement where New York State will fund the federal employees who operate the Statue of Liberty so it will reopen tomorrow at state expense."
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He Got Paid to Keep Quiet About De Blasio!
A city coworker has come under fire for allegedly receiving a pay raise after he protected NY Mayor Bill De Blasio.
The city worker denies the claim that he protected De Blasio.
nypost.com reports: Telford’s former supervisor, Geneith Turnbull, alleged in a Manhattan federal court lawsuit that Telford got a nearly 20 percent raise as quid pro quo for “protecting the current de Blasio administration in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation.”
Telford was a warehouse boss at the city Department of Citywide Administrative Services in 2016, when federal investigators were probing whether the city’s $6 million purchase of rat-repellant trash bags was linked to a $100,000 donation the bag manufacturer made to Mayor de Blasio’s policy-pushing nonprofit, Campaign for One New York. No charges were brought.
Telford, 54, allegedly spoke to the mayor’s lawyers in July 2016; three months later, he told DCAS execs he had another job offer. The agency’s top bosses, including then-DCAS First Deputy Commissioner Emily Newman, ordered Turnbull to offer Telford a 22 percent raise to retain him, Turnbull claims.
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