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Cuomo attended fund raiser in Buffalo Thursday night

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made a quick trip to Buffalo Thursday evening for a downtown fund raiser.

The governor’s staff was mum on the event and would say only that Cuomo was attending a “private event.”

But a knowledgeable source who asked not to be identified said the governor attended a $1,000 per ticket affair at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

The source also said one of the organizers was Phillips Lytle attorney Kenneth A. Manning, a Democratic fund raiser recently appointed vice chairman of the Peace Bridge Authority.

Manning did not return a call seeking comment.

Cuomo, expected to run for a third term next year, usually does not discuss his fund raising efforts in Buffalo or elsewhere.

His last known local fund raiser was last Dec. 20, when campaign finance reports indicated he gained $99,000 at an event hosted by Steven J. Weiss, a Buffalo attorney who advises housing developers, including some who attended the fund raiser.

Five weeks after the event, during a meeting with editors and reporters of The Buffalo News, Cuomo said he was not sure if he attended a fund raiser in Buffalo that December evening.

“I don’t know if there was one on Dec. 20,” he said. “I do a lot of fund raisers in Buffalo

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