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ALBANY – On Thursday, at a private club two blocks from the state Capitol, a group of executives from casinos, racetracks and off-track betting corporations in New York gathered. A main topic for discussion: how to get everyone on the same page in order to present a united front to advance an intense lobbying campaign underway at the Capitol to legalize sports gambling …

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ALBANY – Federal prosecutors Friday afternoon dropped all charges in the Buffalo Billion corruption case against former LPCiminelli executive Michael Laipple. The surprise announcement comes less than two weeks before Laipple was to go on trial in a lower Manhattan courtroom in a case that alleged he and others conspired to rig the bidding on upstate development project…

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ALBANY – Gridlock, the reliable friend of the state Capitol, continued in full display Thursday in the Senate where feuding lawmakers once again could not muster enough votes to pass even a single bill. Partisan bickering raged as Democrats and Republicans – effectively deadlocked at 31 members apiece – found themselves publicly able to agree on only one thing: they wer…

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ALBANY –The push to legalize sports gambling in New York this year is on. Advocates, from casino companies to former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, descended on the state Capitol Wednesday in a push to legalize wagering on pro and collegiate games. They want a law before the Legislature ends its 2018 session in mid-June. The effort comes after the recent U.S. Supreme C…

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ALBANY – A federal judge has modified, somewhat, a question involving Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that prospective jurors in the upcoming Buffalo Billion corruption trial will be asked when prosecutors and defense lawyers try to put together a jury. The issue came to light in a recent letter from a defense lawyer to U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni in which concerns w…

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ALBANY – From the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s musical director to a member of the Buffalo School Board, a who’s who of prominent names from around New York and the Buffalo area surfaced as potential witnesses in the upcoming Buffalo Billion corruption trial. Uncertain is whether any of them in the end will be called as witnesses, or even mentioned, in what will be …

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ALBANY – A key bribery charge against two former top executives of LPCiminelli embroiled in the Buffalo Billion corruption case will not be pursued by federal prosecutors, a defense lawyer told The Buffalo News on Tuesday. Paul Shechtman, a Manhattan lawyer for Louis Ciminelli, said he was notified Friday night by federal prosecutors that the bribery charges against Cim…

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ALBANY – Keith Wofford lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, has a top post with a global law firm, two kids in private schools, a vacation place and a Harvard Law degree. But Wofford, the Republican Party’s new candidate for state Attorney General, is a Buffalo guy. In fact, he can’t stop talking about Buffalo, whether in his Thursday acceptance speech to GOP c…

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ALBANY – Federal prosecutors want a delay in the Buffalo Billion corruption trial because a document they call “highly relevant” to charges against two former LPCiminelli executives was not turned over to them by the Buffalo firm in response to a grand jury subpoena seeking evidence into the alleged pay-to-play case. Lawyers for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan T…

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NEW YORK – A lawyer who grew up on Buffalo’s East Side was selected by Republican Party delegates Thursday to be their candidate for state Attorney General, an office GOP insiders believe could be in serious play this fall in the otherwise Democratic-dominated New York. Only two days after announcing his campaign, Keith Wofford, a corporate lawyer in Manhattan, beat bac…

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NEW YORK – Marcus Molinaro, selected Wednesday as the Republican gubernatorial candidate at the party’s convention, called for “a revolution in New York” and sought to portray himself as an “ordinary New Yorker” trying to take on a member of a Democratic political dynasty. In the most important speech thus far in his fledgling gubernatorial campaign, Molinaro, called hi…

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NEW YORK – A Buffalo native on Tuesday announced his campaign for the Republican Party bid for state attorney general while another Buffalonian was scrambling to push her own Democratic candidacy, just as both parties were gathering for their state conventions at two downstate locations. Keith H. Wofford, the co-managing partner at the Manhattan office of an internation…

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ALBANY – Personal tax details released Friday by Cynthia Nixon, the activist and actress trying to become governor of New York, proved two things: she made the most money of any of the candidates in the race and, by far, filed the most complicated set of tax returns. Nixon reported a federally adjusted gross income of $619,799 for 2017, according to a review of her volu…

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ALBANY – The likely Republican Party gubernatorial candidate, Marc Molinaro, publicly released his 2017 income tax returns on Thursday, showing he and his wife earned $174,048 for the year. Of the total, $140,000 came from Molinaro’s salary as the Dutchess County executive and his wife, Corrine Adams, reported $26,000 in wages from a real estate management and developme…

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ALBANY – The retirement announcement Thursday by state Sen. William Larkin, 90-year-old World War II combat veteran, puts at five the number of Senate Republicans who have said they will not seek re-election this fall at a time when Democrats are in play to take control of the 63-member chamber. But the five Senate Republicans who represent areas of Western New York fro…