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News coverage of corruption scandal differs around New York State

The story of statewide corruption involving the Buffalo Billion is obviously big news in Western New York.

It's huge news elsewhere in the state, as well, because of the players and other economic development projects involved.

But it's not being given the same play everywhere.

From Syracuse to Westchester County to Watertown to Staten Island, stories of the alleged pay-to-play scheme adorn the front pages of newspapers on Friday.

The New York Post does what it usually does, going with a picture of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and a headline of "Pasta La Vista." The headline refers to the alleged use of "ziti" as a code word among defendants in the case.

The Syracuse Post-Standard, a city where a developer was also implicated in a bribery scheme, also gave it huge play.

(Courtesy Newseum)

(Courtesy Newseum)

Stories also ran on the front pages of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Poughkeepsie Journal, Utica Observer-Dispatch, Glens Falls Post Star, Auburn Citizen, as well as others.

Meanwhile, some news outlets around the state are playing the story a little differently.

There's no mention of the scandal on the cover of the New York Daily News.

As of 8:20 a.m. Friday, the story wasn't even on the homepage of the Daily News' website.

The Lake Placid News' front page was all about the leaves changing.

(Courtesy Newseum)

(Courtesy Newseum)

email: abesecker@buffnews.com

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