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A behind-the-scenes look at New York politics.

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    Former Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. drew a 14 year sentence Thursday for his earlier conviction of 21 felony counts of corruption. The former Brooklyn Democratic assemblyman had been acquitted in 2011 but he was re-arrested and convicted after federal agents had recordings of his habitual bribe-seeking. Here are the details from the U.S. Attorney’s office:

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    There’s little doubt that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push for a $15 minimum wage will drive the legislative session next year. And voters are just fine with that. A Quinnipiac poll released Friday shows that 62 percent of voters are supportive of raising the wage to $15 statewide over several years. Drilling down a bit shows

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    Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli noted the sentencing of former Town of Halfmoon Suprevisor Mindy Wormuth on state charges for stealing several campaign contributions donated to her campaign fund. Wormuth learned Monday morning that she will serve 10 months on the state charges, which will run concurrently to her federal

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    A majority of voters say it’s time to make the state Legislature truly full time. But they aren’t so sure about giving lawmakers a pay raise in exchange for banning outside income, a new poll shows. Sixty percent of voters are on board with forcing lawmakers to go full time, but 55 percent don’t want to

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    Western New York attorney and political consultant Steve Pigeon — who has provided services to figures as diverse as Bill Clinton and Pedro Espada Jr., Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Tom Golisano — was indicted Thursday morning on nine felony charges: six counts of rewarding official misconduct, two counts of bribery and one count of grand

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    U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Robert Capers on Thursday morning announced a federal corruption-related indictment against Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his wife, plus Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto. The charges allege that the two prominent Long Island Republicans sold out their offices by providing public contracts and guaranteed loans in exchange

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    On the heels of a state Inspector General’s report that found misuse of funds at non-profits affiliated with the City University of New York, and amid a shakeup at the State University of New York’s nanotechnology school that was prompted by criminal corruption charges, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is creating offices of Inspector General

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    Former state Senate Democratic conference leader John Sampson, who was convicted in July 2015 of a single count of obstructing justice and two counts of lying to federal investigators, “habitually acts as if rules and laws do not apply to him, or are at most inconvenient obstacles to be sidestepped,” according to a court filing

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    A federal judge has told prosecutors and defense in the upstate development pay-to-play scandal to prepare for a trial date of Oct. 30, according to reports from the Wall Street Journal and others. Lawyers for Joe Percoco, the former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, had earlier this week asked the judge to set a

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    A federal appeals court has granted former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s motion to stay his corruption case as he appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals granted the motion on Thursday, just weeks after the court overturned Silver’s 2015 conviction on corruption charges and remanded

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    Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos had his corruption conviction overturned on Tuesday by a federal appeals court, which sent the case back to a lower court for re-trial. The conviction of Skelos’ son Adam was simultaneously overturned.  The appeals court vacated the conviction using the same rationale used in overturning the separate corruption conviction

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    Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos had his corruption conviction overturned by a federal appeals court on Tuesday. Here’s a look at his career arc, from the Senate to the courtroom.

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    The corruption convictions of former state Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam have been overturned by a federal appellate court. More on that here. Reaction from movers and shakers in state government is below: Alexandra Shapiro, attorney for Dean Skelos: Senator Skelos is grateful for the Court’s careful consideration of the

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    In the wake of a federal appeals court’s decision to vacate the corruption convictions of former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that fighting government corruption “is right,” “but you have to do it legally.” The convictions were vacated by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on

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