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Trump businesses honored by NY company closely tied to Trump

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NEW YORK (AP) -- More than a dozen Donald Trump businesses have received luxury hospitality awards from a company run by one of Trump's longtime associates, an ex-convict nicknamed "Joey No Socks."

Joseph Cinque has run the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences for years.

His organization says it honors the world's greatest hotels, restaurants and resorts.

A review by The Associated Press shows that more than a dozen of the company's trustees are Trump relatives or associates.

Trump says he didn't pay for his awards. Lawsuits have alleged that some winners paid promotional fees.

Cinque's lawyer called the organization an "open book."

Trump called Cinque a "special guy" in a 2009 tribute video, adding "There's just nobody close." But Trump says he doesn't know Cinque well.

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