This morning, United States Attorney Patrick Kennedy and FBI Agent-in-Charge Adam Cohen explained new felony charges against the political operative G. Steven Pigeon, who is already under indictment by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on unrelated charges of bribery, extortion, and illegal campaign coordination. Marlon Goldstein, 43, joined Amaya in January 2014 and serves as its Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development & General Counsel and Secretary. Goldstein … Continue reading David Baazov implicated in Pigeon conspiracy to solicit foreign funds for Cuomo campaign
A source familiar with investigations initiated under former United States Attorney Preet Bharara has told The Chronicle that there is an “ongoing probe” of Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s top aide and her family. This week, Chief of Staff Melissa DeRosa has been promoted to the position of Secretary to the Governor, Cuomo’s top aide — a position formerly held by the indicted political enforcer Joe Percoco, Cuomo’s longtime friend and … Continue reading Investigators rumored to be ‘probing’ top Cuomo aide, Melissa DeRosa
It may be true that donors contributed to Mayor Byron Brown out of an earnest desire for good governance, and it may be true that Brown gave no heed to whether a company or individual donated to his reelection campaigns as he determined who was best qualified for contracts he awards. With that said, let us examine a few, out of many, where there was … Continue reading Pay to play culture at city hall could be Mayor Brown’s undoing
The attorneys for Louis Ciminelli, Michael Lapple, and Kevin Schuler — the three LP Ciminelli executives indicted on public corruption allegations, including bribery and bid rigging — are petitioning the court to move their case to the Western District of New York, rather than have it heard in the Southern District, where the case was charged. A trial date has been set for the three Ciminelli … Continue reading Would a local jury pool be tainted in the Ciminelli bid rigging case?
It is being rumored among political operatives that former Democratic Party Chairman G. Steven Pigeon — recently indicted on bribery charges by his longtime nemesis Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — is willing to take a plea deal in exchange for providing the government information on Senator Tim Kennedy. Kennedy gave more than $80,000 to WNY Progressive Caucus, a fundraising vehicle run by Pigeon. It is rumored that Kennedy contributed … Continue reading Pigeon may take a plea, handing prosecutors Senator Tim Kennedy
Former Deputy Mayor Steve Casey is providing affidavit testimony in the racketeering case against the three-term Mayor Byron W. Brown at the crux of corruption charges that could send him to prison. The testimony also represents the shattering of the political machine that elected Brown — and makes the 2017 Democratic Primary a competitive contest expected to include a slew of candidates. Brown is likely to forgo a … Continue reading Scathing affidavit disclosed in racketeering case against Mayor Brown
BY TONY FARINA Is former State Senator George Maziarz out of the woods nearly two years after he left office under the cloud of a federal investigation? While Maziarz left office denying he was being chased out, it appears the investigation into Maziarz’s campaign account is now in the hands of the State Attorney General’s office, and the probe is heating up. When Maziarz announced … Continue reading Maziarz may not be out of the woods just yet, as probe heats up