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Sept. 22, 2016: Former Cuomo aide Joe Percoco and eight others charged, Elisa Sumner, E.J. McMahon

Joe Percoco, a former top aide to Governor Cuomo, and eight others were charged today in an alleged bribery and kickback scheme involving the Buffalo Billion. The Wall Street Journal, quoting people familiar with the matter, reports that federal prosecutors are examining whether Percoco took “steps that resulted in favorable official state action” for companies while they were paying him. Wall Street Journal reporter Erica Orden joined WCNY’s Susan Arbetter at the top of the show with the latest. Plus, Investigative Post’s Jim Heaney discussed other troubling news around the Buffalo Billion’s procurement procedures; Ken Lovett, the Albany Bureau Chief for the NY Daily News, explained AG Schneiderman’s complaint against SUNY Poly President Alain Kaloyeros.

Politico New York reported this week that Elisa Sumner, chair of the Dutchess County Democratic Committee and vice chair of the New York State Democratic Committee’s Progressive Caucus refused to approve Sen. Jeff Klein’s nomination to vice-chair of the State Democratic Committee. In an emailed statement, Klein told Politico that he withdrew his name before the panel was brought to a full vote. We spoke with Sumner about her decision to block Klein.

There is more news out recently that upstate New York’s cities are suffering from entrenched poverty. E.J. McMahon, the research director and founder of the Empire Center for Public Policy, joined us to talk about the problem and possible solutions.

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