Corruption trial spurs talk of reform, shrugs in Albany

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March 14, 2018 12:32 PM

The conviction of a former top aide to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is spurring demands to address Albany's culture of backroom dealing.
They're calls that state officials have shrugged off in the past.
A jury convicted Joseph Percoco on federal bribery and fraud charges Tuesday. Prosecutors say Percoco accepted more than $300,000 in bribes from companies hoping to win lucrative state contracts.
Good-government groups say the case shows the need for a new, independent ethics agency, tighter campaign limits and greater oversight of contracts.
Cuomo was not accused of any wrongdoing. He says the state should prohibit lawmakers form working side jobs that can create conflicts of interest.
Lawmakers have passed only modest ethics changes since 2000. More than 30 lawmakers facing misconduct allegations have left office since then.

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