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New York Political Kingmaker sentenced to four months in prison over illegal political donation to Governor

Wednesday’s sentencing resulted from Pigeon’s guilty plea in October 2018, when he admitted that he conspired to arrange an illegal political donation to then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 re-election campaign

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

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

“I do accept responsibility for my actions. I’m very 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.

Wednesday’s sentencing resulted from Pigeon’s guilty plea in October 2018, when he admitted that he conspired to arrange an illegal political donation to then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 re-election campaign on behalf of the Canadian founder of an online gambling business. Neither the governor nor his campaign were implicated in the case.

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