New York

Mary Altaffer / AP

Governor Cuomo’s chief of staff was one of the first witnesses to testify at the corruption trial of Governor Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco. Linda Lacewell described Percoco as a trusted loyal and very senior aide to the governor.

Karen DeWitt / WAMC

The prosecution and defense offered two very different versions of events in the trial of Governor Cuomo‘s former top aide Joe Percoco and three business associates in Federal District Court in Manhattan Tuesday. Much of the prosecutor’s case will hinge on testimony of another former, associate Todd Howe, who pleaded guilty to several felonies and will be the government’s star witness.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

A report by the American Lung Association gave New York State mixed grades for its efforts to curb tobacco use.

The 2018 “State of Tobacco Control” report gave the state an “A” for its smoke-free air workplace laws but an “F” in funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

Mark Lennihan / AP

Jurors have been chosen in the public corruption trial of Governor Cuomo’s former top aide Joe Percoco and told to report back at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday morning for opening statements.

Mark Lennihan / AP

On Monday the first of a series of federal corruption trials begins for several former associates of Governor Cuomo. The proceedings in the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan will focus on bribery and other charges against Governor Cuomo’s former closest aide, Joseph Percoco.