Buffalo Billion Trial Has Exposed Andrew Cuomo’s Corruption

July 10, 2018

by Post Editorial Board

The Buffalo Billion case heads to the jury this week. Whatever the verdicts, the trial has further exposed the massive corruption of Gov. Cuomo’s economic-development apparatus — which continues to chug along without reform.The czar of the Buffalo effort, SUNY Polytechnic Institute ex-prez Alain Kaloyeros, stands accused of rigging the bidding process to steer contracts worth over $850 million to two companies whose executives are major Cuomo donors. The gov hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing himself — but his name has loomed huge throughout.

At this point, there’s no question the bid-rigging took place. The defense is simply trying to cast the blame on figures who’ve already pled guilty and turned state’s evidence — especially on lobbyist Todd Howe, a decades-long Cuomo crony.

It’s also clear that Kaloyeros hired Howe to get in good with the gov after Cuomo took office in 2011. Cuomo ex-aide David Doyle even testified that the governor’s office only agreed to leave Kaloyeros in his job after Howe came in to serve as Cuomo’s “eyes and ears.”
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