You couldn’t help walking away from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s press conference in Buffalo Thursday thinking this is just the beginning. That’s not to take away from the magnitude of the events of the last two days.

Getting a sitting state Supreme Court judge to plead guilty to two felony charges including accepting a bribe is a huge story. That plea deal is expected to be instrumental as the AG’s office attempts to prosecute notoriously bullet-proof Western New York political operative Steve Pigeon, for among other things allegedly giving those bribes.

The two are accused by Schneiderman of essentially gaming the political and judicial system for their own benefits.

“For a judge to sell their office for favors, for benefits, for money is something that I think should offend all Americans, but certainly should offend all American lawyers,” Schneiderman said.

According to the Michalek complaint, much of the evidence for this case came from emails, seized when authorities raided Pigeon’s home last year. Those raids were the result of an investigation into election law complaints.

The attorney general said there could still be charges involving those initial accusations.

“Yes. I don’t want to comment on any other ongoing aspects of the investigation but it is an ongoing investigation,” Schneiderman said.

Then there’s the ripple effect this could have on the court system in Erie County. Schneiderman said the state Office of Court Administration has started a broad investigation of cases Michalek presided over, including specific cases connected to this complaint.

Sources have told us investigators we’re speaking to at least one other judge. Schneiderman had a chance to make a definitive statement when asked if he had questions about the impartiality of anybody else on the bench.

He didn’t.

“As I said, I’m not going to comment on any other aspects of the ongoing investigations,” he said.

The attorney general would not even comment on whether the special grand jury was still empaneled. Meanwhile, a representative for the FBI said there could be federal charges associated with the investigation down the line.

So how far does this reach? It’s hard to even guess.

Pigeon has connections to attorneys and politicians, not just across Western New York, but all over the state.

According to one of the communications in the Michalek complaint, Pigeon even talked up the judge to the governor. Nobody asked specifically if Governor Cuomo had any further connection to the investigation, but based on the rest of the press conference we probably could’ve expected a “no comment.”