New York Democratic insider Peter Cutler subpoenaed in Buffalo Billion investigation

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A New York Democrat from the western New York area will be required to cooperate in an investigation into the Buffalo Billion by federal prosecutor Preet Bharara’s office.

Bharara, who heads up the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, is looking into all parts of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s large taxpayer-funded plan to revitalize the Buffalo area with $1 billion. As part of that probe, they’ve called on a long-time Democrat in Erie County who worked in the Cuomo administration in Peter Cutler.

Cutler, who currently is the head of communications for the Erie County Medical Center, said he departed Cuomo’s administration recently for the position. He said he intends to fully cooperate with Bharara’s investigation.

Although it’s not known what information Bharara wants from the insider, the prosecutor is investigating under the table dealings which may have defrauded taxpayers.

Gov. Cuomo recently announced he is also supporting an investigation to ensure there was no malfeasance. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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