NEW YORK, N.Y. - The New York Post reports U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is investigating the bidding process for multi-million dollar contracts connected to the Buffalo Billion revitalization plan.
The report, which was published Friday, states that a source familiar with the investigation says Bharara's office has subpoenaed several firms in recent weeks.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the 10-year Buffalo Billion program back in 2012.
2 On Your Side's partners at Investigative Post have reported on the lack of transparency when it comes to the Buffalo Billion in the past.
Record requests under the state's Freedom of Information Law were ignored until 2 On Your side and Investigative Post filed a lawsuit.
The documents relate to the selection of LPCiminelli to develop SolarCity's plant at Riverbend in South Buffalo.
On the original request for proposal seeking developers for the job, the specs were written in a way that appeared to favor LPCiminelli. The wording was later revised after competing developers complained.
Two months ago records about the bidding process were finally released. They showed, among other things, that LPCiminelli's proposal was ranked the best among three finalists for the work.
They sure did go to some great lengths to hide how the money got doled out.