Ex-Cuomo aide convicted on corruption charges

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joseph Percoco was convicted Tuesday on three corruption charges — but cleared of three others in a surprise, mixed verdict.Percoco, 48, was found guilty on two counts of conspiracy to commit honest-services fraud in a pair of “pay-to-play” scams that the feds say netted

New York City deserves design-built power

Design-build is a proven way to save big on major public-construction projects — so it’s just nuts for the state to deny the city the right to use it.Under DB, an agency can put both design and construction of a given project up for bid in a single contract, instead

Taxpayers fund these luxury health exams for lawmakers

It’s a physical exam fit for a king — and paid for by taxpayers. New York state Assembly and Senate members can use the Executive Health Program at Albany Medical Center for souped-up checkups in a private suite complete with marble bathrooms and plush robes. The hospital charges the public

State Legislature moves NY primary day off of 9/11

The state Legislature has passed a bill to change the date of this year’s party primaries for state offices from Sept. 11 to Sept. 13. Gov. Cuomo is expected to sign the change into law. Sept. 11, in addition to being the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, conflicts with

Cuomo challenger shows up at corruption trial

A GOP challenger to Gov. Cuomo turned up Thursday outside the corruption trial of a former top aide to the governor to charge that it proves “certain payments have to be made” to do business with the state. “What’s coming out of this trial is a lot of information

Email shows Cuomo aide ‘can’t go another month’ without bribe money

A former top aide to Gov. Cuomo desperately demanded that a lobbyist arrange a “pay-to-play” bribe for him, saying he couldn’t make it “another month” without the cash infusion, according to evidence introduced by prosecutors at his corruption trial Tuesday. A Nov. 12, 2012, email written by Joseph Percoco

Charter school groups descend on Albany to push for funding

ALBANY — Nearly 1,100 charter school students, parents and teachers descended on Albany on Tuesday for their annual pilgrimage to push for more funding and less regulation. The tradition continued this year, a day after one of the biggest charter advocacy groups — Families for Excellent Schools — announced

Senate staffer suspended for mocking Asians, women

A Harlem state senator suspended one of his staffers Sunday for mocking women and Asians on Instagram. Daiquan Frasier, a community coordinator for Democratic Sen. Brian Benjamin, posted a photo in 2016 of an Asian man surrounded by children pulling the corners of their eyelids with the caption, “When

State senate candidate hid links to crooked politicians

Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, a former top legal adviser to the state Senate when it was headed by disgraced leaders Malcolm Smith and John Sampson, has air-brushed that work history from her official online biography. And it’s become an issue because Mayer, a Democrat, is now running for a vacant

Bill would let adoptees find out if they have biological siblings

Adopted New Yorkers looking to unite with biological siblings may finally get a chance. A new bill in Albany would allow adoptees 21 or older to petition the courts to determine if they have biological brothers or sisters. At present, the adoptees have no legal right to obtain that information

Lawmakers have yet to stiffen penalties for unlicensed drivers

State lawmakers have tried for years to get stiffer punishments for unlicensed drivers who seriously injure or kill people while behind the wheel. In 2014, Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) introduced legislation targeting road menaces after 8-year old Noshat Nahian was killed by an unlicensed driver while walking to school

Cuomo falling short on vows to ‘Clean Up Albany’

Gov. Cuomo campaigned for office in 2010 vowing to “Clean Up Albany” by cracking down on fat-cat campaign contributions and “pay-to-play” political corruption. In a 115-page booklet of proposed ethics reforms, the state’s then-attorney general railed against business-as-usual policies that he said let the rich and powerful run roughshod

Bill would make hospitals keep rape kits longer

ALBANY — Hospitals won’t be able to toss out rape kits after 30 days under a new bill proposed by Gov. Cuomo. The governor wants hospitals to store the kits for five years or until a victim turns 19, rather then the 30 days now required by state law. Cuomo

New top prosecutor in court for corruption trial of ex-Cuomo aide

Manhattan’s new top federal prosecutor is in the courtroom for opening statements in the corruption trial of a former top aide to Gov. Cuomo. Interim US Attorney Geoffery Berman declined to comment to reporters when he arrived Tuesday morning ahead of proceedings in the feds’ blockbuster case against Joseph

Cuomo assembling panel to study pot legalization

Gov. Cuomo plans to appoint a panel to study the legalization of marijuana, sources said Tuesday. The announcement is expected as part of the governor’s budget address in Albany. Cuomo said last year that he was opposed to legalizing pot for recreational use, calling it a “gateway drug.” But Republican gubernatorial

Albany lawmakers begin soliciting campaign cash as new budget looms

For those doing business with the state, it’s time to pay up. Lawmakers in Albany are doing what they do best — targeting lobbyists and special interests for campaign cash as they begin negotiating a new budget that will exceed $150 billion. Individuals and entities dependent on Albany decision-making said

NY Senate won’t probe Jeff Klein over alleged misconduct

The state Senate will not conduct an investigation into allegations Sen. Jeff Klein forcibly shoved his tongue down a young staffer’s throat, because the woman never filed a complaint, Minority Leader John Flanagan announced Thursday. “At this point, this is an allegation in which no formal complaint was ever

Quadruple homicide suspects stole Xbox, TV during rampage

Were they all killed over an Xbox? The two men charged in the grisly quadruple murder of a family in upstate Troy had stolen an Xbox video-game system and flat-screen TV from the victims’ home during their rampage, according to reports. James W. White, 38, and Justin C. Mann, 24,

Suspect in quadruple murder was banned from homeless shelter

One of the men charged in the grisly quadruple murder in Troy last week was previously banned from an upstate homeless shelter over violent behavior, according to a report. Suspect James White, 38, was barred from The City Mission of Schenectady, located in Schenectady, several months ago after getting

This is the family murdered in a grisly quadruple homicide

The victims of a shocking quadruple homicide in upstate Troy were identified Thursday as Shanta Myers, her children Jeremiah, 11, and Shanise, 5, and her domestic partner, Brandi Mells, police said. Several law enforcement sources not involved in the probe have told the Albany Times Union that the victims

Victims of brutal quadruple murder were bound, had throats slit

New information has emerged about the murders of an upstate mother, her two children and her domestic partner, including how they possibly died. Multiple law enforcement sources told the Albany Times Union on Wednesday night that the victims were all bound — with their throats slashed — when cops

Four people found dead in basement apartment

Four people were found dead inside an upstate home Tuesday and police are investigating it as a homicide, according to a report. “The deaths appear suspicious,” Troy police Capt. Daniel DeWolf told the Times Union. The victims — who included the two-story building’s property manager — were found in a

Republicans retain control of state Senate before budget showdown

Republicans in the state Senate will remain in charge to negotiate a $153 billion budget early next year despite a plan backed by Gov. Cuomo for fractious Democrats to unify and create a slim majority, The Post has learned. That’s because conservative dissident Brooklyn Democratic state Sen. Simcha Felder will