Cuomo Crony Cuts Deal with U.S. Attorney in Return for Leniency

Posted by on Aug 08, 2016 at 6:48 am
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tours the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, in this handout picture taken June 6, 2015. More than 200 local, state and federal law enforcement officials set up roadblocks, took to the air and went door-to-door in their search for Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, who went missing early Saturday morning from the Clinton Correctional Facility located about 20 miles (30 km) south of the Canadian border.  Picture taken June 6, 2015. REUTERS/New York State Office of the Governor/Darren McGee/Handout  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

The U.S. Attorney in New York isn’t one to pkay games, as evidence by his imprisoning Democrat kingpin Sheldon Silver, among others, so Governor Andrew Cuomo may want to get lawyered up.

The corruption probe of Gov. Cuomo’s two longtime associates has taken a critical turn with Todd Howe, onetime lobbyist and longtime Cuomo family confidant, signing a “cooperation agreement’’ with US Attorney Preet Bharara, a source close to the investigation told The Post.

The agreement promises Howe, whose ties to Cuomo go back three decades, “favorable treatment’’ and “leniency’’ in the event that he’s criminally charged, in exchange for full details of his lobbying activities on behalf of several major state contractors with senior Cuomo administration officials.

Those officials include Joseph Percoco, Cuomo’s closest friend and top aide who is currently senior vice president at Madison Square Garden, the source said.

Howe has been interviewed by federal prosecutors “about six times,’’ most recently about two weeks ago, when he “traded something that has to do with Percoco’’ and provided information on the influential, Albany-based, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna law firm, with which he had been affiliated, the source said.

Howe, who worked for Cuomo when the current governor was federal housing secretary under President Bill Clinton, was described by the source as isolated from friends and family and disconsolate as Bharara’s investigation continues to unfold.

“He doesn’t have a job and no one from Andrew Cuomo’s entourage will even deal with him,’’ said the source.

All more reason for a former member of his inner circle to blab away.

Gov. Cuomo’s renewed effort to distance himself from lobbyist and longtime associate Todd Howe flies in the face of Howe’s continuous role as a member of Cuomo’s “inner circle,” a source close to US Attorney Preet Bharara’s corruption probe told The Post.

“From the start, when Cuomo took office, Todd was part of the inner circle of decision makers. He was basically part of the Cuomo administration,” said the source, who has first-hand knowledge of Bharara’s investigation.

“Todd was a coequal to Joe Percoco and Howard Glaser and absolutely seen as the governor’s guy, even though he wasn’t on the state payroll and officially part of the government.

“For Cuomo to suggest otherwise is ridiculous.”

You know who’s also interested in seeing Cuomo go away? His former boss’s wife.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign was enraged by Gov. Cuomo talking too long at the Democratic National Convention, pushing her out of prime time and not mentioning her until the end of his speech, sources said.

When Cuomo left the stage of the Wells Fargo Center, sources said, a top Clinton lieutenant flagged a Cuomo aide and unleashed a verbal tirade, saying, “We’re done with your f–king boy!”

Under the bus you go, Andy.

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