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Steve Pigeon, the former political operative, leaves the Robert H. Jackson U.S. Courthouse with his attorney, Paul J. Cambria Jr., in Buffalo July 27, 2022. Pigeon was sentenced by Judge Richard Arcara for a campaign contribution illegal.

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Steve Pigeon sentenced to four months in prison for illegal political donation

Former kingmaker of Western New York politicians with ties to the Clintons, former Governor Andrew Cuomo and billionaire Tom Golisano, G. Steven Pigeon, appeared before a federal judge on Wednesday who sentenced him to four months in prison followed by a year of supervised release for making an illegal political donation.

Pigeon, 61, made a short statement in court apologizing for his actions.

“I accept responsibility for my actions. I truly feel sorry for them,” he told U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

He is expected to be sentenced today in state court for bribing a state judge.

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Wednesday’s sentencing stems from Pigeon’s guilty plea in October 2018, when he admitted he conspired to organize an illegal political donation to the government of the day. Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 re-election campaign on behalf of the Canadian founder of an online gambling company. Neither the governor nor his campaign were involved in the case.


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