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A former aide so close to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that he considered him like a brother was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday for fraud and accepting bribes.
The judge said she hopes the punishment 'will be heard in Albany.'
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U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni tried to put the sentencing of Joseph Percoco in perspective, noting other recent high-profile convictions of state leaders.
She said those seeking the modest salaries of government jobs should not seek to supplement their incomes by accepting bribes.
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'If you do so, this court will show you no mercy,' she said.
Percoco, 49, was convicted in March of accepting more than $300,000 from companies that wanted to gain influence with the Cuomo administration.
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The conviction was an election-year embarrassment for Cuomo.
His opponents say it proves the two-term Democrat hasn't done enough to address chronic corruption in state government, even within his own administration.
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Prosecutors had asked Caproni to sentence Percoco to well over five years in prison. His lawyers said he should get no more than two years.
Cuomo wasn't accused of wrongdoing, but testimony presented an unflattering picture of the inner workings of his office.
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In a statement after the sentence was announced, Cuomo said: 'Joe Percoco is paying the price for violating the public trust.
'And it should serve as a warning to anyone who failed to uphold his or her oath as a public servant.
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'On a personal level, the human tragedy for Joe's young children and family is a very sad consequence.'
In a court filing, Percoco's lawyers wrote that his punishment has already begun.
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'The trial - which played out on the pages of virtually every newspaper and media outlet in New York - has all but destroyed Joe's life. Joe faces impending bankruptcy and a substantial term of incarceration,' they wrote.
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