Cuomo chief-of-staff: Trial won't affect Cuomo's future

Cuomo chief-of-staff: Trial won't affect Cuomo's future
Linda Lacewell, right, chief of staff to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, leaves a Manhattan Federal courthouse, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in New York. Lacewell testified Wednesday at Joseph Percoco's bribery trial. Opening statements were Tuesday at the trial of Percoco and three businessmen accused of paying him over $300,000 in bribes to help them get what they needed from the state. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — The chief of staff for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says she doesn’t think the bribery trial of one of his former top aides will affect the Democrat’s political trajectory.

Linda Lacewell commented briefly outside Manhattan federal court Thursday after she finished testifying at the trial of Joseph Percoco.

Lacewell was asked if she worried that the trial will hurt the political future of a governor who is considered a possible White House candidate in 2020.

She answered “not at all.”

Cuomo has never confirmed that he’s interested in running for president someday, saying instead that he’s focused on winning a third term as governor this year.

Percoco has pleaded not guilty to charges that he pocketed over ,000 in bribes to help three businessmen clear state government obstacles.