In what defense attorneys characterized as a rare outcome for a government corruption indictment, a Manhattan judge dismissed charges that the New York Attorney General’s office brought against a former World Trade Center electric operations manager and two subcontractors.

The AG’s office in 2019 brought a nine-count indictment alleging that James Luckie, an employee of real-estate firm Cushman & Wakefield who managed electric operations at the World Trade Center as part of a contract with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, engaged in a “pay to play” scheme by accepting more than $17,000 worth of gifts and entertainment from two former managers at a company that was subcontracted to conduct electrical maintenance work at the site.