Politics

Karen DeWitt

A board controlled by Gov. 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.

Governor Cuomo has released a bill on closing a loophole that allows for unlimited big money donations to candidates. The LLC loophole has played a key role in the federal corruption trials of both former leaders of the legislature, and may be a factor in the ongoing federal probe of the governor’s economic development projects.

It’s just over three weeks until the legislative session is scheduled to end, and hopes for reform are fading,  

during an unprecedented level of corruption in state government.

Governor Cuomo says a key vote on the next installment of the Buffalo Billion project is merely postponed, not canceled, and he denies that he’s feeling “defensive” about the widening federal probe of his administration’s economic development projects.

School budget votes and school board elections are held across the state Tuesday, and the state school boards association says more schools are seeking to convince voters to override the state’s tax cap.

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