NEW YORK - The only thing the jurors can agree on in the trial of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's former top aide is they can't agree on much at all.
Jurors in Joseph Percoco's trial sent a note Tuesday to U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni saying they are hopelessly deadlocked after the six-week trial, asking for guidance on how to proceed.
Percoco, Cuomo's longtime former right-hand man, is accused of accepting more than $300,000 in bribes from two executives with Syracuse-based COR Development and one with Maryland-based Competitive Power Ventures, who are co-defendants in the case.
"We are largely divided in opposing views," one juror wrote to Caproni. "The only thing we seem to agree on is that we cannot agree."
At least four jurors sent notes to the judge over concerns about staying on the trial.
One bemoaned the length of the trial, writing that "my children need their mother back", that she has missed two cardiologist visits and that she "physically and emotionally cannot do this anymore."
"I completely respect this process and this court but need to have my life back," she wrote.
Assistant US Attorney Janis Echenberg asked for Juror #7, who said she had two sick children at home, to be replaced by an alternate. But the defense and US District Judge Valerie Caproni were opposed to that.
Stephen Coffey, the lawyer for defendant Steven Aiello, asked for a mistrial, saying that any verdict now with so many jurors "at the end of their rope" would be a coerced verdict.
The judge denied the motion.
She told the lawyers it was too early in deliberations for the jury to be at an impasse.
She called in the jury and urged them to continue deliberating, reminding them that disagreements were to be expected but that they took an oath that involves working through those to try to reach a unanimous verdict.
She said she would address the hardships cited in the jurors' notes later Tuesday.
Percoco spent more than two decades as a close friend, aide and confidant to Cuomo, managing the governor's successful 2010 and 2014 campaigns and serving as his executive deputy secretary through 2015.
Jurors have spent more than three days deliberating the ins and outs of the case against Percoco, COR executive Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi, and former CPV executive Peter Galbraith Kelly after attorneys spent more than five weeks presenting their sides.
Percoco is accused of participating in two bribery schemes as he struggled to afford an $815,000 home he purchased in South Salem, Westchester County.
In one, Kelly allegedly gave Percoco's wife a $90,000-a-year job that required little work in exchange for Percoco helping the company get state approvals that would benefit its power plants in New Jersey and Orange County.
In the other scheme, Percoco is accused of accepting $35,000 from Aiello and Gerardi in exchange for state help with the redevelopment of Syracuse's Inner Harbor and a raise for Aiello's son, who worked for Cuomo.
The payments were largely arranged by disgraced lobbyist Todd Howe, the government's main witness, who has pleaded guilty for his role in the schemes and for unrelated embezzlement and tax evasion.
Howe was sent to prison during the trial after his testimony revealed he tried to dispute a credit-card charge at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel despite actually staying there, which violated his bail agreement.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Cuomo declined comment on the jury's note.
"On the Percoco trial, that will be a matter for the judge to handle," Cuomo said.