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The prosecutor who has been scoring corruption convictions in state government is coming to Albany, but this time for a speech.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is scheduled to speak Feb. 8 during a meeting of the New York Conference of Mayors. Bharara is scheduled to speak briefly at noon in a public session of the gathering.

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Bharara heads the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York. He was responsible for the corruption convictions this past fall of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), as well as several other convictions of state legislators.

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In each case, he tried to put Albany and its powerful politics on trial. He has also hinted at more prosecutions to come with his catch phrase: “Stay tuned.”

Bharara recently declined an invitation by the state Assembly’s Republican minority conference. The federal prosecutor said he preferred a bipartisan gathering, such as he did earlier this month in Kentucky when advising that state’s General Assembly about ethics in government.

Bharara has been to Albany before. He was a key speaker in a public hearing of the Moreland Commission on public corruption where he broadly criticized the often secretive way Albany does business.

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Gannett News Service first reported Bharara’s plans.