Ex-aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces sentencing for corruption

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge will decide whether a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo receives leniency or a long prison sentence for his conviction on federal bribery and fraud charges.

Joseph Percoco is set for a Thursday sentencing in Manhattan federal court.

Prosecutors say he should serve well over five years in prison. His lawyers say he should get no more than two years.

Percoco was convicted in March. He was acquitted of extortion and a bribery count.

Prosecutors say Percoco and his family accepted more than $300,000 in bribes from companies that wanted to gain influence with the Cuomo administration.

Cuomo, a Democrat, wasn’t accused of wrongdoing, but testimony presented an unflattering picture of the inner workings of his office.

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