SUNY leader re­signs after charges

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The leader of a New York state re­search in­sti­tute has re­signed after be­ing charged in a bribery case.

AL­BANY >> The leader of a New York state re­search in­sti­tute has re­signed after be­ing charged in a bribery and bid-rig­ging case that has shaken the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Demo­cratic Gov. An­drew Cuomo.

SUNY Polytech­nic In­sti­tute Pres­i­dent Alain Kaloyeros an­nounced his de­ci­sion in a let­ter to SUNY of­fi­cials Mon­day. His at­tor­ney, Mike Miller, said Tues­day that Kaloyeros left his po­si­tion be­cause he didn’t want his crim­i­nal charges to be­come a dis­trac­tion to his col­leagues.

“Dr. Kaloyeros is proud of all that SUNY Poly has ac­com­plished dur­ing his ten­ure as pres­i­dent and the amaz­ing work of the stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff,” Miller said in a state­ment. “Dr. Kaloyeros is in­no­cent of the charges filed against him and looks for­ward to be­ing ex­on­er­ated when the cases have run their course.”

Kaloyeros faces state and fed­eral charges that al­lege he steered lu­cra­tive state con­tracts to hand­picked com­pa­nies.

Kaloyeros is a nan­otech ex­pert who led many of Cuomo’s ef­forts to at­tract high-tech jobs up­state. He has a salary of more than $800,000 and was the state’s high­est-paid em­ployee.

He was one of eight men ar­rested in Septem­ber in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into two Cuomo ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­grams, the Buf­falo Bil­lion and Nano. Kaloyeros is ac­cused of work­ing to en­sure Buf­falo con­trac­tor LPCiminelli and Syra­cuse-based COR De­vel­op­ment won con­tracts for con­struc­tion projects re­lated to the ini­tia­tives.

Kaloyeros also faces state charges al­leg­ing he worked to rig a bid for a stu­dent hous­ing project for an Al­bany-area de­vel­oper.

Oth­ers ar­rested in the fed­eral case in­clude for­mer top Cuomo aide Joe Per­coco and ex­ec­u­tives at LPCiminelli, COR and an en­ergy com­pany. Lawyers for all the men have said their clients are in­no­cent.

U.S. At­tor­ney Preet Bharara has said there is no ev­i­dence of wrong­do­ing by Cuomo. The gover­nor said he had no knowl­edge of the al­leged acts and said they’re “rep­re­hen­si­ble” if true. He has said they won’t de­rail his ef­forts to re­vi­tal­ize the up­state econ­omy.

Mes­sages left with SUNY of­fi­cials were not im­me­di­ately re­turned Tues­day.

MIKE GROLL — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Alain Kaloyeros speaks dur­ing an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment news con­fer­ence in Niskayuna.

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