Cuomo crony spills for leniency deal in corruption probe

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There is political blood in Albany’s water and there have already been big casualties. But Governor Cuomo’s shadow hangs on the surface as Federal Prosecutor Preet Bharara considers his next line of attack.

(From The New York Post)

The corruption probe of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s two longtime associates has taken a critical turn with Todd Howe, onetime lobbyist and longtime Cuomo family confidant, signing a “cooperation agreement’’ with US Attorney Preet Bharara, a source close to the investigation told The Post.

The agreement promises Howe, whose ties to Cuomo go back three decades, “favorable treatment’’ and “leniency’’ in the event that he’s criminally charged, in exchange for full details of his lobbying activities on behalf of several major state contractors with senior Cuomo administration officials…

…Howe, who as a lobbyist had access to the highest levels of the Cuomo administration, and Percoco, whom Cuomo has described as being like “my father’s third son,’’ were cut off from access to the administration after Bharara served a sweeping subpoena related to the activities of both men on the governor’s office in late April.

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