Corruption trial of former Gov. Cuomo top aide to begin Monday

Joseph Percoco, former Gov. Cuomo Aide, in court as corruption trial starts. (WRGB)

NEW YORK (WRGB/AP) - A longtime aide to New York's governor is going on trial on charges he used his relationship with him to collect bribes from two companies doing business with the state.

Jury selection starts 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.

The other defendants are Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr., a former energy industry executive, and Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi, both from a Syracuse-area development firm.

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, who was fired by 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.

The trial is expected to last several weeks.

CBS6's JT Fetch will be covering jury selection in Manhattan Monday. He'll have live updates starting at noon.

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