Ray RaimundiFeb 6, 2018, 5:11 pm

Lobbyist resumes testimony in bribery trial of ex-Cuomo aide

Anticipation intensifies for defense cross examination

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NEW YORK (AP) — A lobbyist has resumed testimony at the bribery trial of a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Todd Howe testified for a second day Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against his longtime friend, Joseph Percoco. He started the day talking about how he helped arrange a consulting job for Percoco's wife with a client who needed help from the state.

The 48-year-old Percoco has pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted over $300,000 in bribes to help three businessmen get favors from New York state.

Percoco's lawyers say he acted legally.

Howe is testifying as the government's chief witness after pleading guilty to multiple crimes including bribery and corruption.

Percoco's lawyer says Howe is lying to get leniency after pleading guilty to charges that could result in decades in prison.

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