Federal corruption charges

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Retired drug enforcement agent Joseph Bongiovanni is facing federal bribery charges in Buffalo. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy said the 21-year veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration used his position to take pressure off friends and associates who had links to Italian organized crime and the drug trade.


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Among those on hand in federal court in Manhattan Monday for the opening of the trial of Dr. Alain Kaloyeros was Jimmy Vielkind, Capitol bureau chief for Politico.com. In a morning interview with WBFO, Vielkind discussed a defense strategy which painted Kaloyeros as an administrator who cut through red tape and followed established practices in creating jobs throughout the state. Prosecutors accuse Kaloyeros and his co-defendants of bid-rigging in securing lucrative state development contracts. 


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Critics have been consistent in blasting state economic development efforts over their lack of transparency. That cloud may be lifted during the federal corruptions trial against Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, which begins today in Manhattan.

The conviction of Sheldon Silver on corruption charges is not the end of legal proceedings for the former Assembly Speaker. He and his lawyers are expected to provide details of their appeal of the case.


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Major newspapers have posted editorials calling for the Senate Leader, Dean Skelos, to resign after the Senator and his son have been accused of running a corruption scam. But so far, Skelos is hanging on, and Republicans are trying hard to carry on business as usual.