Cuomo pal pleads not guilty to offering judge $10K in bribes | New York Post


A Democratic political operative who is a longtime ally of Gov. Cuomo pleaded not guilty Thursday to bribery and other charges filed in a New York corruption probe that led to the resignation of a state Supreme Court justice a day earlier.

G. Steven Pigeon was arraigned on a nine-count indictment that accuses him of offering favors and gifts worth more than $10,000 to Justice John Michalek, who pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting bribes from 2012 to 2015 and is to be sentenced Sept. 21.

“Steve Pigeon engaged in a multiyear scheme to bribe a sitting state judge in an effort to win access and favors for clients and associates,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Pigeon, 55, was released on bond after surrendering his passport. His attorney, Paul Cambria, said Pigeon declined a plea offer .

“He vehemently denies any wrongdoing,” Cambria said.

http://nypost.com/2016/07/01/cuomo-pal-pleads-not-guilty-to-offering-judge-10k-in-bribes/

Michael Benjamin
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