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Former Rep. John Sweeney campaigns in 2006
Former Rep. John Sweeney campaigns in 2006

Breaking: FBI subpoenas ORDA over Rep. Sweeney trips to Lake Placid

The FBI has subpoenaed information from Lake Placid's Olympic Regional Development Authority as part of an investigation that apparently targets former Congressman John Sweeney. The Albany Times-Union is reporting that Federal agents are probing Sweeney's taxpayer-funded trips that ended in 2006 when he lost a bid for re-election. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
North Country Empire Zones
North Country Empire Zones

Empire Zones face new criticism, probe

State officials are scrutinizing thousands of New York businesses that signed up for tax breaks under the Empire Zone program. The Spitzer administration says as many as three thousand companies may have failed to meet their goals for expanding jobs. More than 240 businesses in the North Country are on the list. The Empire Zones have exploded in cost over the last seven years, growing from $30 million in 2000 to a projected $550 million this year. Supporters say those subsidies have boosted business in struggling communities. But critics say taxpayers aren't getting much bang for their buck. Today and tomorrow, we'll talk with a variety of experts, including officials with Empire State Development, and a business owner who signed up for the tax breaks. To get the big picture, Brian Mann spoke with Michelle Breidenbach, a reporter for the Syracuse Post-Standard. Her newspaper has published a series of investigative reports about Empire Zones.  Go to full article

Investigation of Comptroller's office expands

The probe of possible illegal activities at the State Comptroller's office is widening, as the newly appointed State Comptroller, and State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, announced a widening of the investigation. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

AG Cuomo plans Albany corruption probe

Newly elected Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Albany County District Attorney David Soares have teamed up to investigate corruption at the Capitol. They say they are responding to a new era and tone in state government that demands reform. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Albany gets down to work

Newly elected Governor Eliot Spitzer, on the first working day of the legislative session, paid a call on the leader of the opposition, Senate majority leader, Joe Bruno, and the rest of the Senate Republican leaders. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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