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Criminal charges against three top executives of Buffalo developer LPCiminelli have led to the corporate resignations of all three.

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For generations, there have been complaints around Western New York that minority and women businesses don't get their share of the pie, especially the construction pie. There's a meeting Wednesday afternoon to make some changes in that.

New York State Governor's Office

Governor Andrew Cuomo will conclude his tour of New York State today, delivering his final two versions of his State of the State address. Back in Western New York, where he appeared Monday, many are excited about what Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion Squared" has to offer, while others including Investigative Post's Jim Heaney have many questions.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Buffalo Billion has given a giant boost to economic development around here, from renovations at Parkside Candy to the SolarCity plant in South Buffalo. Governor Cuomo is coming to town on Monday for the local version of his traveling State of the State message and is likely to announce Buffalo Billion Two.

New York State Governor's Office

Western New York is getting $62 million for approved projects in the latest round of state spending from the regional economic development councils. The projects benefiting range from rebuilding a section of Niagara Street to a culinary arts training program in Cattaraugus County.

Matt Ryan / New York Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued his first public comments since his former top aide and other former associates were indicted on corruption charges just before Thanksgiving.

Buffalo Billion indictments issued

Nov 23, 2016
Associated Press

A former top adviser for Governor Andrew Cuomo, three executives from LPCiminelli and three other people have been indicted in their federal corruption case.

State development efforts worked to place bio tech company AMRI in Buffalo. While its presence is welcomed, a closer look at how it ended up in the Conventus Building is raising questions. Those are the findings of Investigative Post reporter Charlotte Keith who discussed the story with WBFO.


SUNY Polytechnic Institute

A New York-state research institute has a new leader after its last president resigned in the wake of bid-rigging charges.

Matt Ryan / New York Now

Recommendations on how to go forward with some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development contracts tainted by scandal have been delayed for another few weeks, the governor’s economic development chairman said.

Voters head to the polls next week with every seat in the New York State Legislature up for grabs. But will Albany's costly effort to create jobs make a difference in the election?

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Alain Kaloyeros, the embattled president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has resigned amid a corruption probe.

Empire State Development

The scandal over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs has led to more scrutiny of whether the projects are the best way to improve the state’s economy, and some watchdog groups are asking questions.

Ciminelli federal court hearing postponed, moved to NYC

Sep 26, 2016
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What was supposed to be a federal court appearance in Buffalo Monday morning by three LPCiminelli executives has been adjourned, with the case moving to New York City.

Buffalo Billion developers due back in court

Sep 26, 2016

Three executives from LPCiminelli will be back in court Monday morning for a preliminary hearing.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Buffalo on Friday, one day after U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced corruption charges against nine men, including two of his confidants, in relation to projects including the Buffalo Billion.


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The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York City has announced the arrests of nine people in what it calls the "show-me-the-money culture in Albany." The arrests include a former aide to Governor Cuomo and three executives with local developer LPCiminelli in the Buffalo Billion federal probe. 

Depending on perspective, some of the programs funded by Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Billion are either ambitious or fanciful. During WBFO's Press Pass, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post provided details of one initiative that is falling short on its promise of job creation.


GEICO to expand local operations, creating 600 jobs

Aug 9, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

GEICO, which employs about 2,700 people at CrossPoint Business Park in Getzville, will add 600 more jobs. Governor Andrew Cuomo and GEICO president and CEO Tony Nicely were among those on hand Tuesday to celebrate the insurance provider's plans to expand.

Waverly Colville

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul addressed Buffalo’s development, Start-Up NY criticism and Hilary Clinton’s email scandal during a visit to Buffalo Manufacturing Works Wednesday.

University of Rochester

With the discussion surrounding a federal probe of contracts connected to the Buffalo Billion, there are concerns about possible effects on any related economic development projects throughout the upstate New York area.


Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office

Until recently, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, director of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has been the darling of the Cuomo administration. But now, he’s one of the figures at the center of federal and state investigations into alleged pay-to-play schemes for economic development projects and is increasingly on the outs with the Cuomo Administration.


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New York state, under Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has broken with past practice in trying to revitalize the upstate economy. A key part of that strategy involves shifting power for making deals and managing projects from state agencies to private nonprofits. Some of those deals are now part of an expanding federal investigation.


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New York State has invested more than $2 billion across upstate to revitalize economies up and down the Thruway. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says these projects will be transformative, but they carry big risks, as well as potential rewards.


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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has been asked by two Western New York lawmakers to review governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development projects. The Comptroller says an on going audit is already looking at some aspects of the increasingly controversial project.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Governor Andrew Cuomo, while appearing in Western New York, faced questions regarding the ongoing federal investigation into alleged improper activities related to Buffalo Billion projects. Cuomo, whose office announced its own internal probe into the economic development initiative, says anyone caught breaking the law will be dealt with swiftly and thoroughly.


Bart Schwartz Twitter account

It’s been over a month since Gov. Andrew Cuomo hired a special investigator in response to a federal probe of his Buffalo Billion project. But so far, no contract with that investigator, Bart Schwartz, has been released, and questions remain about what exactly he is investigating.


SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Probes into alleged corruption by former members and associates of the Cuomo Administration deepened Thursday afternoon, as the Attorney General’s office conducted a raid at SUNY Polytechnic offices in Albany.


Karen DeWitt

A board controlled by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislative leaders voted Wednesday to approve more than $485 million for the Buffalo Billion project. But there were some questions from board members about details of a program that is now under federal investigation.


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A key vote on Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development program, known as the Buffalo Billion, is scheduled for today. The vote comes after it was postponed for a week amid controversy and questions over a federal probe of the projects.


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