SUNY Poly gets in­terim leader after scan­dal res­ig­na­tion

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

AL­BANY (AP) >> A New York­state re­search in­sti­tute has a new leader after its last pres­i­dent re­signed in the wake of bid-rig­ging charges.

Trustees for the State Univer­sity of New York on Thurs­day tapped Bah­gat Sam­makia to be the in­terim pres­i­dent of SUNY Polytech­nic In­sti­tute. Sam­makia has been vice pres­i­dent of re­search at Bing­ham­ton Univer­sity since 2010.

For­mer pres­i­dent Alain Kaloyeros re­signed last month. He faces state and fed­eral charges that he steered lu­cra­tive state con­tracts to hand-picked com­pa­nies. Kaloyeros is one of sev­eral men charged in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Demo­cratic Gov. An­drew Cuomo’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment pro­grams.

His at­tor­ney said Kaloyeros is in­no­cent and re­signed be­cause he didn’t want his crim­i­nal charges to be­come a dis­trac­tion to SUNY Poly.

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