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Reclaim New York executive director Brandon Muir statement on the Percoco verdict today:
“The Percoco guilty verdict confirms conclusively that bribery and corruption reached the highest levels of the Governor’s office. Cuomo’s signature economic development efforts were for sale, not to create jobs and opportunity, but to pad the pockets of Joe Percoco.
“New Yorkers deserve answers to the serious questions this case raises about the integrity of state government. The guilty verdict here should be a new beginning for investigations into Albany’s culture of corruption.
“This should be an anvil that breaks the camel’s back when it comes to ethics reform, independent oversight for contracts, and greater transparency in Albany.
“Billions of taxpayer dollars are still being spent on programs that are riddled with conflicts of interest and pay-to-play concerns. It has to stop. New Yorkers can’t afford higher taxes to pay for this corruption.”