March 13, 2018
ALBANY, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a statement about the guilty verdict against long time aide Joe Percoco:
“The jury has reached a verdict and I respect that decision. While I am sad for Joe Percoco’s young daughters who will have to deal with this pain, I echo the message of the verdict – there is no tolerance for any violation of the public trust.
“There is no higher calling than public service and integrity is paramount – principles that have guided my work during the last 40 years.
“The verdict demonstrated that these ideals have been violated by someone I knew for a long time. That is personally painful; however, we must learn from what happened and put additional safeguards in place to secure the public trust. Anything less is unacceptable.”