U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of New York’s Southern District returned to Albany Thursday for the first time since his office announced charges against several high-profile New York officials and developers last month. Bharara, whose office also successfully prosecuted former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on corruption charges, spoke at an evening forum at the College of St. Rose.

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Corruption charges brought by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office last week against two former top aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and others involve a power plant project in the Hudson Valley. And it’s a topic in at least one state election as calls mount for an investigation into the plant’s permitting process.

Governor Cuomo
Governor Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at Albright-Knox art museum in Buffalo on Friday, one day after nine people associated with  his administration were charged with corruption, and where he for the first time addressed the issue.

Five former correction officers have been charged with beating an inmate and covering it up. The charges stem from an incident at the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, New York.

 Alain Kaloyeros and Governor Cuomo

Several people with close ties to the Cuomo administration are facing charges brought by Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. 

New York’s affordable housing agency is now reportedly under the microscope. The Homes and Community Renewal agency is among the state agencies that have been subpoenaed by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District. 

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An ethics bill New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says will increase accountability and transparency was signed into law Wednesday. But good-government groups say the measure is just a band-aid on chronic corruption in Albany.

Westchester County Exec Addresses Bharara Probe

Jul 25, 2016
Office of the Westchester County Executive

A corruption probe being conducted by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has extended to Westchester County. That’s according to a report in the New York Post. Now Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is responding.

Questions Remain About Cuomo Investigator

Jun 1, 2016
Governor Cuomo
Governor Cuomo

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

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters during a visit to the Adirondacks today that he has not been subpoenaed as part of the investigation into two former aides. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the governor also tried to deflect any implication that he was directly aware of the staffers’ actions.

A new Siena College poll released this morning — the same day of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's sentencing — finds corruption the most pressing issue among New York residents.

Gov. Cuomo
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With word that a former top aide to Governor Cuomo is under investigation, the Governor has ordered his own probe into a major economic development project in Western New York.

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Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of an inmate at a state prison in Dutchess County. The circumstances surrounding the death are under investigation as friends and family of the man killed continue to push for prison reform.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and WAMC's Alan Chartock speaking Monday at The Linda in Albany.
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The federal prosecutor behind the convictions of several of New York's most powerful lawmakers made several stops in Albany Monday. Preet Bharara spent an hour at WAMC’s performing arts studio. 

Critical Of Corruption, Bharara Addresses WAMC Audience In Rare Albany Stop
Joe Donahue

In a rare visit to Albany on Monday, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of New York's Southern District appealed to honest politicians and others in state government to call out corruption when they see it. The address and interview with WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock was co-sponsored by four good-government groups: Citizens Union, Common Cause New York, the League of Women Voters and the New York Public Interest Research Group. Bharara spearheaded the convictions of former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on federal corruption charges last year.

U.S Attorney Preet Bharara
U.S Attorney Preet Bharara

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is being honored Friday night in Westchester County.  U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara will be the keynote speaker tonight at the Westchester County Crime Stoppers dinner at the VIP County Club in New Rochelle.

Ethics was, once again, Albany’s big news last week.  Another lawmaker, long-time Assemblyman Bill Scarborough, pled guilty and faces prison, and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos joined his former counterpart Assembly Speaker Silver in having to defend himself against charges of corruption.

Major newspapers have posted editorials calling for the New York 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.

One day after US Attorney Preet Bharara bought a six count complaint against Skelos, accusing him and his son, Adam, of bribery and extortion, the Senate Leader attended the annual police memorial. In brief remarks, he reiterated his belief that the charges against him are false.

Dean G. Skelos, the Republican majority leader of the New York State Senate, and his son are expected to be arrested on federal corruption charges. The New York Times reports the arrests could come as early as next week.

A federal grand jury is reportedly taking a hard look at business dealings involving New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son.

Back in January, after the arrest of longtime Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges, a New York City television station reported that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was looking into outside income the Republican head of the state Senate, Long Island’s Dean Skelos, had received, particularly involving the real estate industry.

No Federal Charges To Be Brought In Fatal Shooting

Apr 8, 2015

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Tuesday said his office will not pursue federal criminal charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a college student in Westchester by a police officer who says he shot him in his moving car when he failed to stop.

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Saying he's speaking as a citizen, a prosecutor who charged New York's assembly speaker with multiple felonies has called for an end to the state's "three-men-in-a-room" method of governing.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a New York Law School audience Friday he believes power in the state is "unduly concentrated in the hands of just a few men."

Added Bharara: "Some say just three men."

The prosecutor said concentrating power with the governor, the Assembly speaker and the Senate president seemed to feed a culture of corruption that leads to crimes.

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In the latest arrest to stun Albany, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was taken into FBI custody this morning. He faces federal corruption charges.  Silver’s future in the chamber he has run for two decades is in question.

According to widespread reports, Silver was taken into FBI custody on corruption charges shortly before 8 a.m. after a long-term investigation. According to court documents, The 70-year old Democratic leader is accused of using the power of his office to solicit millions in bribes and kickbacks.

Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty To Bank Robbery Spree

Aug 13, 2014

A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to seven bank robberies across four states. Two robberies were in the Hudson Valley.

Two Newburgh Gang Members Are Sentenced

Mar 22, 2014

Members of a Newburgh street gang have been sentenced for various offenses. 

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says a former leader of the Newburgh Bloods, Anthony Boykin, was sentenced to life plus 32 years in prison. Bharara says Justin Simmons, who was also with the Newburgh Bloods, was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Back in June, a jury convicted the two of charges arising out of their involvement, from 2006 through 2013, in the criminal activities of the Bloods gang, charges that included racketeering conspiracy, crack-cocaine distribution conspiracy, and carrying firearms.

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The U.S. attorney has sued a town in the Hudson Valley over violations of the Clean Water Act.

Newburgh Gang Leader Is Sentenced

Nov 27, 2013

Officials say the founder of a gang in Orange County has been sentenced. 

Former Indian Point Supervisor Is Charged

Jul 24, 2013
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A former supervisor at New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant has been charged with faking records to hide fuel contamination that was above acceptable limits.

Former chemistry manager Daniel Wilson was charged with fabricating records to conceal a violation of Nuclear Regulatory Commission requirements. NRC Spokesman Neil Sheehan says the allegations concern fuel for Indian Point’s backup emergency diesel generators.

He says the NRC found that the generators would have functioned with the contaminated fuel. Jerry Nappi is a spokesman for Indian Point parent Entergy.

Office of the Westchester County Executive

The U.S. Attorney has fired off a letter threatening action if the Westchester County Executive does not comply with his demands. The letter has to do with an affordable housing agreement, and the county executive has said he is in compliance.