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.

Amid Shutdown, Cuomo Commits $65K Per Day To Keep Open Statue Of Liberty, Ellis Island

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will stay open amidst the government shutdown. They’re part of the National Park Service. Governor Cuomo reached a deal with the Interior Department to have the state pay $65,000 a day to keep them open. Cuomo says New York State will keep paying to operate the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as long as Congress is at an impasse. He says the closure of the statue is a metaphor for what he says President Trump and Congress are doing through their policies on immigration.

Ithaca Photography Project Produces Over 1200 Portraits

The community portrait project, We Are Ithaca, held its final photo session Thursday. The project was created by three local photographers. One of them is Robyn Wishna. The project began last fall, she says, to offer the community something positive in a year that had so much negativity. "We came up with this project to celebrate the community through portraits.

A Few IBMers Learn The Latest Details In Clean Up Of Endicott’s Toxic Plume

The front row of folding chairs was empty. Eight people showed up to the meeting in the hall at the First United Methodist Church on McKinley Avenue, just a block away from the Huron Campus. It’s a tragic story: IBM employed the town, cut their jobs, then left Endicott contaminated. These folks have been through a lot - they have friends and relatives with cancer. One guy is working on a film about the contamination.