NEW YORK (AP) — A former top adviser for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) and seven other people have pleaded not guilty in their federal corruption case.
Joseph Percoco and his co-defendants appeared Thursday in federal court. A November indictment alleges bid-rigging and bribery.
Percoco is from South Salem and was Cuomo’s executive deputy secretary and one of his most loyal advisers.
The Democratic governor is not accused of wrongdoing.
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The government says evidence including about 2 million pages of documents will be ready for defense review in 45 days.
Percoco’s attorney says it’s unclear how long it will take to prepare for trial.