Top Cuomo aide, 8 others, facing corruption charges

NEW YORK — A federal prosecutor has accused nine people, including a former top aide to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of bribery and fraud in Cuomo’s signature economic development projects.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara speaks during a press conference announcing corruption charges against members the New York City Police Department on June 20, 2016, in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara speaks during a press conference announcing corruption charges against members the New York City Police Department on June 20, 2016, in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Joseph Percoco, the former executive deputy secretary to the governor, and Alain Kaloyeros, president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, are among those who face charges.

Messages left with Cuomo’s office were not immediately returned. Percoco’s lawyer and Kaloyeros weren’t initially available for comment.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has scheduled a news conference at noon Thursday to discuss the case.

Cuomo’s office said in April that Bharara was examining possible undisclosed conflicts of interest and improper bidding related to the Cuomo’s efforts to attract high-tech jobs upstate.

The federal probe revealed a web of individuals and businesses tied to Cuomo that stand to make millions from the projects.