At­tor­ney: De­vel­oper in­no­cent of cor­rup­tion charges

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

AL­BANY (AP) >> The lawyer for a prom­i­nent Al­ban­yarea de­vel­oper says his client is in­no­cent of charges that he worked to rig the bids for a stu­dent hous­ing project.

The Times Union of Al­bany re­ported that E. Ste­wart Jones, the at­tor­ney for Joseph Ni­colla, said the al­le­ga­tions against his client are “com­pletely with­out merit.”

Ni­colla had a court ap­pear­ance in Al­bany on Mon­day.

New York At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Sch­nei­der­man’s of­fice last week ac­cused Ni­colla of work­ing with SUNY Polytech­nic In­sti­tute Pres­i­dent Alain Kaloyeros to il­le­gally en­sure the bid for the hous­ing project went to his com­pany, Columbia De­vel­op­ment.

Kaloyeros also faces charges in a fed­eral case that he con­spired with de­vel­op­ers in Syra­cuse and Buf­falo to en­sure they won lu­cra­tive state con­tracts.

The at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing Kaloyeros says his client is in­no­cent.

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