G. Steven Pigeon, the Buffalo political operative charged with bribery and extortion last June, will stand trial beginning Sept. 5.
A spokesman for state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who brought the charges against Pigeon, said State Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio Jr. set the date. The development follows a lengthy period in which defense attorney Paul J. Cambria Jr. argued against the admission of evidence collected in Pigeon’s home almost two years ago following issuance of a search warrant.
But Cerio ruled earlier this month that law enforcement had followed correct procedures while searching his waterfront condominium and cellphone.
Pigeon, 56, the former Erie County Democratic chairman, was charged in June with two counts of bribery, one count of theft by extortion and six counts of rewarding official misconduct.
The charges are related to Pigeon’s alleged bribery of former State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek, who pleaded guilty to receiving a bribe in June. Michalek was forced to resign from the bench and still awaits sentencing.