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Pigeon, two associates, to face felony election law complaints

Long-anticipated election law complaints against Buffalo political operative G. Steven Pigeon and two others are expected to be lodged Wednesday in State Supreme Court.

Three sources familiar with the situation say Pigeon and two long-time associates ‑ Kristy L. Mazurek and David B. Pfaff ‑ will face felony complaints of election law violations. Another source indicated State Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio Jr., a Madison County jurist assigned to the case, has reserved a local court room for proceedings at 11 a.m.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office would not comment Tuesday. But it is anticipated that the charges involve the state’s investigation of two and half years into the 2013 local and county elections and a Pigeon-connected political committee called the WNY Progressive Caucus.

One source familiar with the charges say they will revolve around the County Legislature candidacies of Richard A. Zydel and Wes Moore, as well as the Amherst supervisor candidacy of Council Member Mark A. Manna.

“Pigeon’s PAC did all the political spending on behalf of these candidates,” the source said. “All their literature and photo shoots, and went so far as to pay for their signs and posters. The campaign was run entirely with coordination by Pigeon’s PAC.”

Such coordination between a political committee and a campaign, if true, would violate election law.

Paul J. Cambria, Pigeon's attorney, did not return calls for comment. Pigeon faces additional charges of bribery and extortion following his indictment on separate charges brought last June 30, also by Schneiderman and stemming from the same probe.

Mazurek served as the committee’s treasurer and has been cooperating for more than two years with investigators, according to reports in The Buffalo News. Pfaff was also involved as an operative for the committee.

It is expected the attorney general will present the evidence to a grand jury to seek indictments.

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