Ex-SUNY president gets 3.5 years in prison for role in “Buffalo Billion” scheme

He is last to be sentenced in connection to the program

Alain Kaloyeros (Credit: lohud via Twitter)
Alain Kaloyeros (Credit: lohud via Twitter)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s point person on the “Buffalo Billion” program, Alain Kaloyeros, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for his role in a multi-million dollar bid rigging scheme.

Kaloyeros, former head of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, had been convicted of wire fraud and wire-fraud conspiracy in July. He was accused of helping steer $855 million in state contracts in Buffalo and Syracuse to LPCiminelli and Cor Development, major donors to Cuomo, the Times Union reported.

“[Kaloyeros] let his desire to earn brownie points with the executive chamber overcome the normal well-thought-out processes that treated all developers fairly, whether they were giving money to Cuomo campaign coffers or not,” Judge Valeri Caproni said.

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The governor isn’t accused of any wrongdoing.

Last week, Caproni sentenced three others in the “Buffalo Billion” scheme: Syracuse executives Steven Aiello and Joseph Gerardi to three years and two-and-a-half years in prison, respectively; and construction executive Louis Ciminelli to 28 months.

Attorneys for Kaloyeros told the Wall Street Journal that he plans to appeal the decision. [WSJ and Times Union] — Kathryn Brenzel