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Cuomo coming to Buffalo day after bombshell corruption case explodes

One day after New York was rocked by federal corruption charges involving the Buffalo Billion, including charges against two of his advisors and other major political donors, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is coming to Buffalo.

When Cuomo arrives at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery this afternoon for the announcement that the institution has raised more than $100 million for a planned expansion, he will face questions about the pay-to-play charges for the first time.

While not implicated in the alleged scheme, Cuomo has close connections to some of those charged.

Todd R. Howe, a longtime confidant of the governor, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with federal prosecutors. Howe worked in the administration of Cuomo's late father, former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo.

Also charged was Joseph Percoco, another longtime confidant to the Cuomo family who worked in the elder Cuomo's administration as well as with Andrew Cuomo when he led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, when he served as New York's attorney general and in his gubernatorial administration.

One of the other key figures in the case, SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain E. Kaloyeros, is scheduled to appear in federal court in Albany this morning.

This afternoon's event at the Albright-Knox is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Cuomo issued a statement Thursday in which he said he was "saddened and profoundly disappointed."

Here's what Cuomo has said in the past about U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's investigation and those charged.

For more coverage of the Buffalo Billion corruption probe, visit politicsnow.buffalonews.com.

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