NEW YORK CITY - The attorney for Cor executive Joseph Gerardi said he is unable to reconcile the mixed verdict rendered in the New York corruption case against a top Cuomo aide and two Syracuse businessmen.
Milton Williams Joseph Gerardi's attorney gives closing statement. Artwork by Aggie Whelan Kenny
Gerardi was acquitted while his business partner Steven Aiello was convicted of conspiring to commit honest services fraud. Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was convicted of three of six charges.
A mistrial was declared for Braith Kelly on charges that he provided a low-show job to Percoco's wife.
"I honestly don't know," Gerardi's attorney Milt Williams said of the verdict. "I can't even try to interpret it."
Aiello's attorney Steve Coffey said he planned to appeal, calling the verdict inconsistent.
Aiello's cheeks reddened as the guilty verdict was read.
His son, Steven Aiello Jr. put his head down and held it with one hand. He nodded back and forth. His father was accused of bribing Percoco to arrange a raise for the son while he was employed in Cuomo's office.
Aiello's and Gerardi's wives cried after the verdict was read. Aiello's daughter also cried.
"Their families are very close," Williams said.
"It's awful,'' Williams said. "I'm very relieved for Joe Gerardi. I feel very bad for Steve Aiello and his family."