BUFFALO, NY — Long-time political power broker Steve Pigeon is now facing bribery charges in Federal Court.
A federal indictment was unsealed Friday, accusing Pigeon of bribing a New York State Supreme Court Judge.
Pigeon, 56, is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and honest services wire fraud, honest services wire fraud, federal programs bribery and violation of the Travel Act. Pigeon's attorney Paul Cambria entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client.
The federal bribery case Pigeon is almost a mirror image of an on-going facing state bribery case. In the state's case, the New York Attorney general's office alleges Pigeon and now former State Supreme Court Judge John Michalek were engaged in favor swapping. Michalek, who has pled guilty to state charges, sought Pigeon's help getting jobs for family members. Emails also indicate the judge wanted Pigeon to put in a good work with Governor Andrew Cuomo about a nomination to be an Appeallate Court judge.
Also on Friday, Federal Magistrate Judge Michael Roemer dismissed the foreign contribution case against Pigeon. Pigeon was accused of facilitating an illegal campaign donation and conspiracy. Investigators said that case centered on a consulting/lobbying client of Pigeon's.
Pigeon, along with two others, is charged with violating state election laws.
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