All Guilty Verdicts In Buffalo Billion Case

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A federal court jury has found the former president of SUNY-Polytechnic and three other defendants guilty of steering lucrative state development contracts to favored developers.

Alain Kaloyeros was found guilty of helping Buffalo developer Louis Ciminelli win a half-billion dollar contract for work on Governor Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" project. The massive package of development projects was meant to single-handedly turn Buffalo's economy around.

The two other defendants, Steven Aiello and Joseph Girardi,  were found guilty of unfairly winning a $100 million contract for economic development work in Syracuse.

Good government groups and New York's Republican Party immediately responded to the verdict, Republicans blaming the corruption on the administration of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the New York Public Interest Research Group calling for anti-corruption legislation.

Governor Cuomo released a statement saying the perpetrators should be punished to the full extend of the law. Attorneys for Kaloyeros and the other defendants say they'll appeal.

Sentencing is scheduled for mid-October.

Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, founding President and CEO of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, left, and Michael Liehr, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology, Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, right, brief Vice President Joe Biden, center, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, second from right, and Under secretary Frank Kendall, as they visit SUNY Poly Canal Ponds during the official announcement of the Department of Defense awarding a $110 million to help create the new American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics Monday, July 27, in Rochester, NY.

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