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New York - US Attorney Expands Anti-Corruption Probe To Cuomo's Buffalo Billion Project

Published on: September 18, 2015 09:36 AM
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New York, NY - Despite the fact that he is now infringing on the jurisdiction of Western District of New York US Attorney Bill Hochul, Southern District of New York US Attorney Preet Bharara has expanded his current anti-corruption investigation some 250 miles outside his own district and is now targeting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion revitalization project.

NYPOST.com (http://bit.ly/1KV6lXO) reports that Bharara’s move—-which according to one source is focusing on the “bidding process” and “communications between contractors and state officials”—-has left some unanswered questions, most notably as to whether or not Buffalo US Attorney Bill Hochul may have recused himself from the investigation due to the fact that his wife, Kathy Hochul, is currently Cuomo’s lieutenant governor.

According to a source, subpoenas have already been issued by Bharara’s office to several contracting firms involved in the Buffalo Billion project.

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Earlier this year, a report by the nonprofit Investigative Post cited difficulty in obtaining records with regard to contracting awards for the project under the Freedom of Information Law, while ultimately calling the project a “costly experiment in economic development that is beset by secrecy and politics.”

Included in the Post’s report was that a Buffalo Billion contractor, Louis Ciminelli, not only contributed $96,500 to Cuomo’s two gubernatorial campaigns, but was the beneficiary of a bidding process which stipulated that any contracting applicants bidding had to have “over 50 years of proven experience”—-a stipulation only Ciminelli’s company could meet.


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 Sep 18, 2015 at 11:15 AM Anonymous Says:

This contstant investigation and badegring of polticans has gotten way out of hand. Just as overregualting busniesses stifle growth the same is true for ploiticans and albany. What we have gotten for baharar's whitchhunt is even more disfunctional Albany. All politicans are scared to pass any big laws or make changes. They are afraid it will open an investigaton. After all politics is all about serving interest groups. Just it has to be done legally. Polticans can't pass any drastic laws because their hands are tied. This stupidity has to stop. Bahrara has to quit down a little

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 Sep 18, 2015 at 12:19 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

This contstant investigation and badegring of polticans has gotten way out of hand. Just as overregualting busniesses stifle growth the same is true for ploiticans and albany. What we have gotten for baharar's whitchhunt is even more disfunctional Albany. All politicans are scared to pass any big laws or make changes. They are afraid it will open an investigaton. After all politics is all about serving interest groups. Just it has to be done legally. Polticans can't pass any drastic laws because their hands are tied. This stupidity has to stop. Bahrara has to quit down a little

Judging from your poor use of the English language, you must be one who is worried Preet has investigated you. In Ramapo, come November, dozens are being indicted with EXTREMELY STRONG evidence. Are you one of them who wants Preet to go away?

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 Sep 18, 2015 at 06:31 PM yankee96 Says:

Cuomo should be investigated and let us see what he really did or did not do once and for all

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