Joe Percoco never turned in his swipe card when he quit his state job. Even after he resigned as one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top aides to run the governor's 2014 re-election campaign, Percoco continued for months to use his office next to Cuomo's at the executive chambers in Manhattan.
Percoco came and went at will, using his 39th-floor New York City office while he was a private citizen, according to evidence presented at his federal trial this week. He even had a government secretary field his calls and make appointments, documents show.
Those revelations are not part of the charges against Percoco, which include bribery and extortion. And top Cuomo administration officials who testified this week at the trial did not seem surprised that Percoco continued to use his state office.