Upstate New York developer charged as part of campaign donation probe in suburban Albany town


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HALFMOON, New York — A prominent Albany-area developer has been arrested in connection with a government corruption investigation in a suburban town.

The Times Union of Albany reports ( ) that Bruce Tanski was arraigned Friday morning in Saratoga County Court on a charges of offering a false instrument and violating election laws.

Tanski, owner of a construction and development company, is one of the largest contributors to the Republican Party in the town of Halfmoon.

According to the FBI and state Attorney General's Office, the builder used business associates to conceal some of his political donations.

Tanski's holdings in southern Saratoga County include commercial properties, a golf course and thousands of apartments.

A call to his lawyer wasn't immediately returned.

In October, authorities indicted Halfmoon Supervisor Melinda Wormuth on federal bribery and extortion charges. She resigned in November.

Information from: Times Union,

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