Former power plant executive pleads guilty to bribery

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A former power plant executive pleaded guilty to bribery Friday in Manhattan federal court.

Former CPV executive Peter Kelly admitted to his role in a pay-to-play scheme involving former top aide to the governor Joseph Percoco.

Kelly told the judge in order to further his relationship with Percoco, he helped hire Percoco's wife to a $90,000, low-show job at CPV. Kelly admitted in court to lying to the president of CPV, stating the governor's office approved the hire.

Community activists say Percoco and Kelly's involvement with CPV tainted the approval process to permit a fracked gas plant constructed in Orange County that was strongly opposed by residents.

Kelly is facing up to five years in prison, but if the judge accepts the plea agreement, he may only get up to a year and a half.

Kelly read a statement in court saying, "I knew what I was doing was wrong. My decisions were the greatest mistakes of my life."

Kelly is due back in court for sentencing on Sept. 28.

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