Trial Of Former Cuomo Aide Begins Today

ALBANY (WSKG) - The first of a series of federal corruption trials begins Monday for several former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The proceedings in the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan will focus on bribery and other charges against Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joseph Percoco. Percoco worked for Andrew Cuomo and his father, the late Governor Mario Cuomo, on and off since Percoco was a teenager. Mario Cuomo once referred to Percoco as his “third son.” Percoco, age 48,  from the lower Hudson Valley, was often seen by Andrew Cuomo’s side during Cuomo’s time as state Attorney General and during his first five years as governor. He was the governor’s top confidante, and in some cases, chief enforcer of Cuomo’s policies and wishes.

PA Supreme Court Weighs Fast-Tracking Gerrymander Case

KEYSTONE CROSSROADS - After hearing oral arguments Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is expected to rule quickly on a lawsuit challenging the state’s congressional district boundaries. Eighteen registered Democrats — one for each of the state’s districts — claim the congressional map violates multiple parts of the state constitution, including its free expression clause, because it discriminates against them for their political viewpoint. The case names Republican legislative leaders as defendants because the GOP controlled the General Assembly, and thus redistricting, the last two times it happened. The plaintiffs, who are seeking a new map in time for the 2018 midterms, successfully sought an expedited review by the majority-Democrat Pa. Supreme Court.