The New York attorney general’s office is investigating possible bid-rigging related to a proposed dormitory at a State University of New York campus in Albany, part of a broader probe of contracting issues involving an ally of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
The office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is examining whether Alain Kaloyeros, the president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute and a powerful force in state economic-development projects, improperly coordinated with real-estate firm Columbia Development, in possible violation of state antitrust laws, the person said.
Subpoenas on the matter were sent in September to SUNY Polytechnic, Columbia Development and Fuller Road Management Corp., a SUNY-affiliated nonprofit responsible for considering the bidding on the dorm project, the person said.
The probe comes amid heightened scrutiny of Mr. Cuomo’s upstate redevelopment initiatives, many of which involve SUNY Polytechnic and one of which, the Buffalo Billion project, is under investigation by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office.
EYP Architecture & Engineering, another firm involved in Buffalo Billion, was also subpoenaed by the attorney general’s office in the dorm-bidding probe, the person familiar with the matter said. It wasn’t immediately clear what the firm’s role was in the dorm project.
The fallout for Cuomo?
The investigation is the highest-profile one to date by Mr. Schneiderman into people and projects close to Mr. Cuomo, a fellow Democrat.
And it comes as Mr. Cuomo’s orbit has been shaken by the Buffalo Billion investigation, part of which has become focused on one of the governor’s longtime aides and others close to Mr. Cuomo.
Many of the entities and individuals involved in both the state attorney general and U.S. attorney’s investigations have overlapping connections.
There are now multiple tentacles in the investigation into Cuomo administration corruption.
There's the initial Buffalo Billion investigation into bid rigging for Cuomo donors.
There's the Percoco matter wherein Cuomo's former top aide is being investigated for payments from companies with business before the state.
There's another former Cuomo aide, Todd Howe, being investigated similarly.
And there's the Kaloyeros matter, connected to both the Buffalo Billion Project and to the SUNY dorm project.
Count 'em and you've got four separate but interlinking strands of Cuomo corruption investigations.
Nothing yet reaching the governor, but interwoven with all of these scandals is one constant:
Cuomo donors are always involved.