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May 26, 2017

Analysis: Why meetings between Kushner, Russians matter more than ever

Investigators are scrutinizing a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser — as part of their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to people familiar with the investigation. Kushner joined the administration in early January to focus on Middle East policy and […]

May 18, 2017

Analysis: Russia probe gains credibility

With one bold move, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein managed to restore the credibility of a federal probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, calm political furor over the firing of the FBI director and salvage his own increasingly bruised reputation. The move to make former FBI director Robert Mueller special counsel overseeing the […]

May 10, 2017

Analysis: Firing Comey could backfire on Trump

It’s a president’s right to fire his FBI director. But getting rid of James Comey — especially at this moment — could backfire on President Donald Trump by making it more likely that an independent special prosecutor (not Trump’s new FBI director) takes over the investigation into whether members of Trump’s campaign worked with Russia […]

Mar 26, 2015

Commentary: The value of an effective investigation

We have all heard the phrase “the best defense is a good offense.” Military theorist Carl von Clausewitz is often credited with coining this expression, but today we most often hear it used in the context of sports. This phrase also serves as great advice for employers facing employee complaints. The best defense against employee […]

Sep 3, 2014

State: Bank didn’t lend to blacks in Buffalo

BUFFALO — A bank purposely avoided giving mortgages to African-Americans by locating all of its branches outside black neighborhoods and directing advertising and loan products toward largely white communities, New York’s attorney general said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday as part of a wider investigation into an illegal practice known as redlining. Evans Bank is […]

Apr 3, 2014

Schumer seeks review of electric bill increases

ALBANY (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for an investigation into soaring electricity prices. The Democrat said Wednesday that he’s urging the Federal Trade Commission to look at whether utility prices have been artificially inflated. Schumer said consumers have complained to his office about monthly bill increases of as much as 100 percent. Schumer […]

Mar 6, 2014

Arkansas judge’s online comments investigated

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas judge has admitted that he posted a series of anonymous online comments that critics say are racist, sexist and otherwise inappropriate, including one in which he revealed alleged details of confidential proceedings involving actress Charlize Theron’s adoption of her son. Circuit Judge Mike Maggio acknowledged Wednesday that he posted […]

Jan 30, 2014

Common Cause urges ethics probe of Grimm

A citizen’s lobby group is calling for an investigation into the conduct of Rep. Michael Grimm, R-NY, who was caught on camera threatening a reporter on Tuesday night. According to a release from Common Cause, which is urging the probe, Grimm is already the subject of a federal investigation for possible campaign finance law violations. […]

Oct 24, 2013

Riga Dems want GOP fundraiser investigated

Town of Riga Democrats have called for an investigation into fundraising at a dinner in September hosted by the Riga Republican Committee. A raffle was held that Democrats allege violates New York General Municipal Law. Tickets sold for $20, with participants each competing for one of six prizes. According to records provided by the state […]

Aug 8, 2013

JPMorgan faces probe over mortgage bonds

NEW YORK — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating JPMorgan Chase over mortgage-backed investments the bank sold in the run-up to the financial crisis. The New York-based bank said in a regulatory filing that it is responding to investigations by the civil and criminal divisions of the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of […]

Mar 5, 2013

FAA investigating report of drone spotted near JFK

NEW YORK — The FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a pilot’s report that he spotted a small unmanned aircraft at New York’s Kennedy Airport. The Alitalia pilot told air traffic controllers that he saw the aircraft as he approached the runway at Kennedy at 1:15 p.m. Monday. The pilot said the aircraft […]

Nov 14, 2012

Justice seeks review from COA to stop investigation

Disappointed with an Appellate Division decision dismissing his petition to stop an investigation by the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, a town justice in Onondaga County plans to seek a review by the Court of Appeals. Salina Town Justice Andrew N. Piraino claims the commission exceeded its authority in investigating him for imposing the wrong […]

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