Steve Pigeon facing federal election law violations

Posted at 12:23 PM, May 08, 2017

Steve Pigeon, the former Erie County Democratic Chairman, is being slapped with federal charges accusing him of election law violations.

The charges stem from a campaign contribution to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The allegation is that Pigeon helped a Canadian businessman funnel money to the Cuomo campaign.

Paul Cambria, Pigeon's attorney, says this is not an indictment, rather “a federal complaint made by a single FBI agent which is a typical way of starting charges.”

In April, Pigeon and two others were hit with felony charges accusing that they"knowingly and willfully"engaged in illegal campaign coordination.

Pigeon is also awaiting a trial on charges that he bribed former State Supreme Court Justice John Michalek.