Steve Pigeon

In the end, their guilty pleas were for misdemeanor charges. But the cases involving Kristy Mazurek and David Pfaff may have a wider impact. "I have been writing about these kinds of things for 25 years," said Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy. "And, finally, they're now coming home to roost." As McCarthy points out, prosecutors have often overlooked suspicions of illegal campaign coordination. In the cases of Pfaff and Mazurek--and their connection with Steve Pigeon--it took the state Attorney General to pursue the case. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign says it will make a charitable donation with a $25,000 political contribution that was illegally arranged by former top Democratic official Steven Pigeon.

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Former political operative Steven Pigeon pleaded guilty to a federal election law violation in U.S. District Court in Buffalo on Tuesday.

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G. Steven Pigeon, the longtime political operative who pleaded guilty to a state bribery charge last week is now expected to enter a guilty plea in his federal case.

Pigeon pleads guilty to bribery in state case

Sep 28, 2018
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The New York State Attorney General announced Friday that G. Steven Pigeon, a longtime political operative and former chair of the Erie County Democratic Committee, has pleaded guilty to one count of bribery in his state case.

A grand jury has indicted three local political operatives on charges of election law violations.

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Federal prosecutors on Friday morning unsealed an eight-count indictment, charging longtime political operative G. Steven Pigeon with counts that mirror a pending New York State case. Additionally, a federal complaint involving his alleged arrangement of an illegal campaign contribution was dismissed.

From former State Senator George Maziarz to former Democratic Party chief Steve Pigeon, a long line of corruption cases with local ties remains unresolved. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says attorneys are taking note of the reversal of the corruption conviction of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. One former prosecutor believes the decision will have a "chilling effect" on future corruption cases.

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Mayor Byron Brown has reacted to an FBI probe of a local political group that -- in Brown's words -- "is near and dear to me."

The mayor told reporters Friday that he knows nothing about Thursday's raid at Grassroots. State and federal agents served search warrants at three  local addresses tied to Grassroots and one of its founders, Maurice Garner.

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Longtime local political operative G. Steven Pigeon, who is charged in two separate state cases, now faces a federal complaint. According to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, Pigeon is accused of trying to arrange a large contribution by a foreign national to what his attorney identified as Governor Cuomo's campaign.

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Longtime political operative G. Steven Pigeon, who is already charged with bribery, extortion and other counts in a separate investigation, now faces a felony election law complaint introduced Wednesday in State Supreme Court. 

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In advance of a trial expected to begin in early 2017, lawyers for longtime political operative G. Steven Pigeon were in State Supreme Court on Monday, questioning the warrants executed to search Pigeon's home last year and some of the evidence collected.

Cuomo denies report of close, recent ties to Pigeon

Jul 13, 2016
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is denying a recently published report that suggests longtime Buffalo political operative G. Steven Pigeon, who recently pled not guilty to nine felony charges, maintained a close relationship with his office as recently as his 2014 re-election campaign.

Brown "not concerned" following Pigeon arraignment

Jul 1, 2016
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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, who many years ago had longtime political operative G. Steven Pigeon on his staff while serving as a New York State Senator, was asked about Pigeon's arraignment on corruption charges during a Friday appearance.

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A trail of emails played an important role in the corruption probe that snagged a sitting judge and a political insider in Buffalo this week. On Thursday, investigators detailed their cases against former Erie County Democratic Committee Chair Steven Pigeon and State Supreme Court Justice John Michalek.

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A former Erie County Democratic Committee chairman and longtime local political operative faces nine counts in an indictment unsealed this morning in State Supreme Court. G. Steven Pigeon pled not guilty to all counts, which include bribery, rewarding official misconduct and a grand larceny charge.


Judge pleads guilty, resigns in Pigeon probe

Jun 29, 2016
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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will be in Buffalo Thursday with more details about the ongoing investigation into political operative Steve Pigeon.  On Wednesday, State Supreme Court Justice John Michalek  entered a guilty plea to taking a bribe and filing a false instrument.

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Saying he wants to change what he sees as a culture of corruption and overspending in the office, former Assistant District Attorney Mark Sacha has his sights set on becoming Erie County’s top legal watchdog.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he knows the three men whose homes were searched by law enforcement Thursday well and was surprised to learn of the investigation.

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Armed with search warrants, investigators are conducting raids at the homes of three key political figures in Western New York.

Though Election Day is fast approaching, much of the political news that revolves around speculation on a race for next year: the governor's race. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy talked with WBFO Tuesday morning about the latest political developments and rumors about the lieutenant governor's post.