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Mystery Surrounds Legal Fees For Westchester Man, Ex-Cuomo Aide

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Questions continue to be raised at the corruption trial of Westchester resident and former top Gov. Andrew Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco, which has been ongoing in federal court for weeks.

Following the arrest of lobbyist Todd Howe - the prosecution’s key witness - a rally outside the courthouse protesting the Orange County CPV power plant and salacious testimony from several witnesses, questions are now being asked of how South Salem resident Percoco is to pay for his legal team, which may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to The New York Times.

Percoco, allegedly accepted more than $300,000 in bribes to benefit Competitive Power Ventures, an energy company that sought to build a power plant in the Hudson Valley, and COR Development, a real estate developer that received several sizable state projects.

Howe took the stand last week claiming that Percoco was a wannabe gangster and called the money he received in the “pay-to-play” scheme “ziti,” stating it was a reference to “The Soprano’s,” according to a New York Post report. According to the report, before Howe took the stand, prosecutors unsuccessfully attempted to play a clip from the popular HBO show before he testified.

According to The New York Times report, partners at top defense firms in New York can charge upwards of $1,000, with a complete defense “easily exceeding a million dollars.” The report states that it is unclear who is picking up the tab for Percoco’s legal team.

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