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Albany Paper Accused of Pressuring State Senator to Buy Ads

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Albany Paper Accused of Pressuring State Senator to Buy Ads

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New York State Senate majority leader Joseph L. Bruno claims the Albany Times Union pressured him to buy advertising in exchange for favorable coverage, asking the local district attorney to investigate.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Bruno, the leading Republican in the state, asked the Albany County district attorney to investigate The Times Union, claiming a newspaper representative on Tuesday sought to extort him to buy advertisements.

The newspaper's publisher, Mark E. Aldam, denied the allegation, the Times reported.

"The exchange is the latest skirmish between Mr. Bruno and the newspaper, which has published several articles over the past year questioning Mr. Bruno's business dealings and fund-raising activities," the Times reported. "The Times Union reported last weekend that Mr. Bruno...took taxpayer-financed helicopter flights to New York City in May that coincided with Republican fund-raisers, and used state troopers to drive him to other scheduled events."

Bruno claimed that the flights and police escorts were proper and said he conducted legitimate business on the trips. …

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