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By Associated Press
September 23, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on federal charges against a former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (all times Eastern):
The attorney for the head of a state research institute accused of violating state law by rigging bids for a developer for three multimillion-dollar contracts says his client is innocent and looks forward to being exonerated.
The attorney general's office says SUNY Polytechnic Institute president Alain Kaloyeros is accused of restraint of trade along with 59-year-old Joseph Nicolla, president of Columbia Development.
Kaloyeros was charged with related federal crimes earlier Thursday along with seven other people.
The state complaint alleges Kaloyeros agreed to steer construction contract awards to hand-picked companies, including Columbia for student housing.
Kaloyeros' attorney, Michael Miller, says his client "has always sought to make sure the right company was doing the right job on the right project. He committed no crimes along the way."
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-mo) said Thursday that Kaloyeros has been suspended without pay from his job at SUNY.
Three executives from a New York construction and development firm have appeared in court in connection with an alleged bid-rigging scheme related to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (KWOH'-moz) economic development initiatives.
Louis Ciminelli, Kevin Schuler and Michael Laipple were arrested at their homes Thursday morning and appeared in U.S. District Court later in the day.
Schuler was released on his own recognizance. Laipple and Ciminelli were released on bond. None of the men commented to reporters as they left the courthouse. Their attorneys say all are innocent.
A federal criminal complaint alleges the men committed wire fraud conspiracy and bribery to ensure LPCiminelli won a lucrative state bid that was part of Cuomo's Buffalo Billion project.
The company says it's "confident" the three men will be vindicated.
New York authorities have accused the head of a state research institute with violating state law by rigging bids for a developer for three multimillion-dollar contracts.
Neither Kaloyeros nor his attorney has returned messages seeking comment.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says federal allegations that a former top aide solicited bribes from companies with business before the state are saddening and "profoundly" disappointing.
The Democratic governor's statement on Thursday came after federal authorities accused his former executive deputy secretary Joe Percoco of soliciting more than $300,000 in bribes from an energy company and a Syracuse developer.
Seven others are also charged in the case, which alleges a bribery and bid-rigging scheme connected to some of Cuomo's signature economic development initiatives.
Cuomo says breaches of public integrity will be punished.
Percoco intends to plead not guilty. Another former Cuomo insider, lobbyist Todd Howe, has already pleaded guilty to charges connected to the case and is cooperating with prosecutors.
A federal prosecutor says there are no allegations of wrongdoing by Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose administration has been rocked by allegations that a former top aide solicited bribes.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says the extortion and conspiracy charges against Joe Percoco expose another "sordid" case of Albany corruption. Authorities say Percoco solicited bribes from companies involved in state economic development projects.
Percoco's attorney says his client will plead not guilty.
Seven others are also charged in the case, which alleges a widespread bribery and bid-rigging scheme relating to upstate economic development initiatives.
Another former Cuomo insider, lobbyist Todd Howe, has already pleaded guilty to charges connected to the case and is cooperating with prosecutors.
A former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will plead not guilty to federal extortion and conspiracy charges relating to state economic development projects.
Joe Percoco's attorney said Thursday that the case against his client is "an overreach" that seeks to criminalize legal activities.
Percoco was the former executive deputy secretary to the Democratic governor.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office has accused Percoco and seven others of participating in extensive bribery and fraud schemes relating to upstate economic development initiatives. Authorities say Percoco solicited bribes from companies that stood to make hundreds of millions of dollars in the projects.
A Cuomo spokesman declined to comment Thursday morning.
A former top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is among nine people charged with bribery and fraud in the governor's signature economic development projects.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has scheduled a news conference at noon Thursday to discuss the case.
Joseph Percoco is the former executive deputy secretary to the governor.
The Democratic governor's office said in April that Bharara was examining possible undisclosed conflicts of interest and improper bidding related to Cuomo's efforts to attract high-tech jobs upstate.
The federal probe revealed a web of individuals and businesses tied to Cuomo that stand to make millions from the projects.
Also charged is Alain Kaloyeros, president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
Messages left with Cuomo's office were not immediately returned. Percoco's lawyer and Kaloyeros weren't initially available for comment.
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