Sierra Leone’s finance minister was in the U.S. last week, speaking with the International Monetary Fund, chatting with students at Harvard and visiting his country’s mission in New York City.

But for Kaifala Marah, no visit to the U.S. would be complete without a stop in Albany to see the man he calls “chief,” state Sen. Neil Breslin.

Through his daughter, Kate, the Bethlehem Democrat has become something of a mentor to Marah over the years. KM, as he’s affectionately called, lived with the Breslin family for three years while earning a master’s degree from the Rockefeller Institute, and he worked in the state Senate.

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