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ALBANY – A Buffalo businessman who pleaded guilty in the Buffalo Billion bid rigging case will be sentenced for his role in the corruption scheme in five months. U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan set Dec. 7 as the sentencing date for Kevin Schuler, a former top executive at LPCiminelli, which had been a giant in the Buffalo construction industry…

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When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo notched his ninth Western New York appearance over six weeks in 2013, Buffalo Niagara Partnership President Dottie Gallagher-Cohen offered a telling observation about the area’s frequent visitor. “You’ve been here so often I almost think you should get a place here,” she quipped during an event that July. The governor appears to have no need…

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ALBANY — A who's who of longtime insiders to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his late father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, have written letters to a federal judge asking her to be lenient when she sentences Joseph Percoco next month on his bribery conviction earlier this year. Notably not on the list of letter writers: Andrew Cuomo, who once said Percoco, his longtime personal, go…

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Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, an Erie County Democrat, had not raised a penny for her campaign since the fall of 2014. That all changed on May 2, and she’s been on a blistering fundraising pace ever since. Driving it: the serious Democratic primary challenge she is facing for her job from Jumaane Williams, a New York City Council member from Brooklyn. Since early May 2 unti…

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ALBANY – A new poll has Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo with a strong lead over activist Cynthia Nixon, his Democratic gubernatorial rival in the September Democratic primary. Cuomo has expanded his lead from an earlier May poll and now is ahead of Nixon by 59-23 percent, according to a poll out this morning by Quinnipiac University. The poll was taken of registered voters, not…

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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo will donate to unnamed charities more than $500,000 in campaign contributions made by individuals – including Buffalo businessman Louis Ciminelli – who have been convicted or pleaded guilty in two corruption cases this year. Cuomo has been under mounting political pressure to return the donations, and the announcement of his decision came just…

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ALBANY – It’s all the craze in some New York political circles: the small-time donor. Usually considered chump change, these people willing to make low dollar donations are generally looked upon by top New York politicians like moldy bread. They don’t get invited to Broadway galas. They don’t get to go golfing with their favorite politician. And they certainly don’t get…

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ALBANY — Seven months after making the legal threat, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday that New York has joined three other states to sue the federal government over new tax limits on state and local deductions on next year’s federal tax forms. The lawsuit will be filed today in federal court in Manhattan and will feature an expedited hearing request by New York State, …

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ALBANY — He's got the money and the name recognition. He's got the power of incumbency and he leads a Democratic Party machine in one of the nation's bluest states. But Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, as he heads into full-throttle mode in his re-election campaign for a third term, doesn't have what he had in his first successful run for governor in 2010: a squeaky-clean administ…

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ALBANY – A day after the bid-rigging convictions of four individuals associated with some of his biggest upstate economic development programs, Gov. Andrew Cuomo put the responsibility on the state university system for approving the Buffalo Billion contractor. “I don’t know what I could have done differently,’’ Cuomo told reporters this afternoon. The governor’s app…

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ALBANY — Jurors in the Buffalo Billion trial over the past month heard a lot about the inner workings of their state government in Albany, a system that one defense attorney described as “unsavory.” When it came time to deliver their verdict, the jurors had another word for what they heard: criminal. They didn’t like the stories, or more precisely the bid-rigging cri…

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Judge Valerie Caproni is going to have her hands full over the coming months sentencing people convicted in her courtroom during several corruption trials in New York State this year, including four men found guilty of felonies Thursday for their role in the Buffalo Billion case. Caproni set sentencing for October for all four defendants. The sentencings will be spre…

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ALBANY – On Wednesday morning, thousands of public employees across New York saw a boost in their take-home pay – without a dime coming from taxpayers. The state, and many localities, are starting to comply with the recent and controversial decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that made it illegal for government agencies to force nonunion members to pay a fee, known as an…

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ALBANY – In April, federal prosecutors sent a warning shot – heard by Democratic and Republican insiders – identifying one of their focuses in the upcoming Buffalo Billion trial: big and timely donations by allegedly corrupt developers in Buffalo and Syracuse to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s campaign. The April 25 letter by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan to U.S. Distr…

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NEW YORK – In a surprise development hours after they rested their case, prosecutors in the Buffalo Billion corruption trial acknowledged to a judge they had not introduced key evidence to prove one of the felony charges against Buffalo businessman Louis Ciminelli and former SUNY Polytechnic Institute leader Alain Kaloyeros. With both sides heading to rest their cases T…