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Federal prosecutor reportedly investigating Buffalo Billion contracts

The federal prosecutor in Manhattan is looking into bidding practices for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion revitalization program, according to The New York Post.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who has been investigating corruption in New York City and Albany, is focusing on multi-million-dollar contracts awarded to build facilities for technology, drug development and clean energy businesses, according to the New York Post.

A source told the newspaper that investigators are looking at communications between contractors and state officials, and that several firms have been served subpoenas in recent months.

The major investment from the Buffalo Billion is in the high-tech hub at RiverBend, where SolarCity, the centerpiece of the governor’s investment plan, is under construction.

The Post notes that Bharara’s investigation is infringing on the jurisdiction of U.S. Attorney William Hochul, whose wife, Kathy, is the lieutenant governor.

Bharara’s previous investigations led to charges against numerous state political leaders, including former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.