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NEW YORK – Driver’s seat. Kevin Schuler, the former LPCiminelli executive testifying Monday on behalf of prosecutors, spoke the term to describe where the Buffalo general contracting firm stood from the beginning in its quest to land the state’s lucrative Buffalo Billion contract. His hours on the stand could appear to contradict official claims in the past that the …

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NEW YORK – The prosecution’s "star witness" could see his testimony wrapped up today, further evidence that the Buffalo Billion corruption trial may be moving far faster than originally predicted by defense and prosecution lawyers. Kevin Schuler, a former senior executive at Buffalo’s LPCiminelli, resumed his testimony this morning in a Manhattan courtroom where the tri…

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ALBANY – An effort to legalize sports gambling in New York died of multiple causes at the Capitol last week. It was halted, in part, by opponents concerned about a dramatic new spread of wagering opportunities – but also because of battles among the biggest gambling interests in the state and nation. And there were other factors. A malaise by officials over the is…

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ALBANY – State lawmakers Wednesday night approved a measure to go after landlords who fail to maintain their residential rental buildings in Buffalo. The measure was among a rush of bills pushed through as the Legislature attempted to end its 2018 session. In the Assembly, business wrapped up about 11:30 p.m., while the Senate took a couple hours longer to end what was …

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ALBANY – When the Legislature’s 2018 session began in January, the Republicans were in firm control of the Senate. No more. Eric Schneiderman, now with the word “disgraced” in front of his name when stories are written about him, was the hard-charging state attorney general. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had no firm candidates opposing him for re-election; that’s changed with…

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ALBANY – At a time when one of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signature Buffalo Billion programs is the subject of a corruption trial, efforts to restore oversight of economic development spending were among a slew of statewide issues dying at the state Capitol as lawmakers limped along to end their 2018 session sometime Wednesday. In place of the usual big-ticket items that de…

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ALBANY – New York State will bring a lawsuit against the federal government to overturn the Trump administration’s immigration policy that has led to more than 2,000 children being separated from their parents trying to cross illegally into the United States’ southern border. Cuomo told reporters Tuesday that more than 70 of the affected children are being temporarily h…

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ALBANY – A Cuomo administration panel will recommend New York State legalize recreational use of marijuana, the state’s health commissioner said Monday. But the long-awaited report by the group has still not been released as the State Legislature looks to end its 2018 session on Wednesday – leaving action for this year on the matter all but impossible. Dr. Howard Zuc…

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The Defendants Louis P. Ciminelli Former chairman, CEO, LPCiminelli, Buffalo. Age: 67 Background: Ciminelli has been one of the Buffalo area’s most prominent real estate developers and general contracting magnates. He has been among the biggest local donors to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s campaign, giving donations of $25,000 apiece on several occasions before he was arreste…

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ALBANY – Twenty-one months after FBI agents arrested him at his home early in the morning on Fall’s first day in 2016, Louis Ciminelli, an insider’s insider of the Buffalo business and civic communities, goes on trial Monday morning in a Manhattan courtroom in a bid-rigging case with enormous legal and political implications. The outcome of the trial, which could take m…

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ALBANY – A measure to legalize sports wagering in New York is on life support in the Legislature, the state Legislature's top Democrat said Thursday as there appears not to be enough support Assembly Democrats who control the chamber to pass the legislation. Supported by top Senate Republicans, the issue has run into a wall among some Assembly Democrats, who met as a gr…

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ALBANY – The cast members – legislators, staffers and lobbyists – are all here. The stage is ready. Yet, in the theatrical stylings that define the frenzied end of the Legislature’s session each year in Albany, it seems as though everyone has forgotten their lines and where to stand. No one seems engaged. No one seems to be bothered much that negotiations are stalled…

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ALBANY – Unknown by two-thirds of the state’s likely voters, Republican Marc Molinaro is down by 19 points against Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, according to a new poll out today. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than two-to-one, Cuomo would get 56 percent of the vote with 37 percent going to Molinaro if the election were held today, the Siena…

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ALBANY – It’s become a reliable refrain over the past generation: New York has grown weary of government corruption cases coming out of Albany. That frustration, as it turns out, can be seen bubbling over in the views of some potential jury members in the Buffalo Billion corruption trial. Jury selection in the case begins Monday for the trial starting June 18. In wri…

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ALBANY – Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro pledged Thursday to serve not more than two terms if he is elected this fall and will use the immense powers of the governor over the state budget process to push through term limits for the governor and other elected state officials. Molinaro, the Dutchess County Executive, told reporters in Albany that state la…