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Cuomo speaks to prosecutors regarding corruption case

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has spoken to federal prosecutors regarding the prosecution of his former top aide and eight others involved in an economic development scandal.

The governor said he’s met with federal prosecutors since former top aide Joe Percoco, a former lobbyist who was a close Cuomo associate, the head of SUNY Polytechnic and six others were charged with bribery, bid-rigging and other corruption charges in connection with the governor’s upstate economic development programs.

“I’ve talked to them about the case that they’ve brought,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo said he was not under oath during the conversations, and the talks focused on the prosecutors’ “preparation” for the case against Percoco and the others. He also would not rule out the possibility of being called to testify as a witness in the trials.

“I could be, but I haven’t envisioned it and no one has suggested that,” Cuomo said. “It’s up to each defendant to figure out how to put together their own defense and who to call.”

In a statement, Melissa DeRosa, the governor’s chief of staff, said, “As part of our continuing cooperation, the governor voluntarily made himself available and shared his knowledge of facts potentially relevant to the case.”

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. WBFO listeners are accustomed to hearing DeWitt’s insightful coverage throughout the day, including expanded reports on Morning Edition.