A criminal complaint unsealed Thursday morning names nine people in a sweeping corruption case that accuses the major Buffalo Billion economic development contract being tainted by allegations of bid-rigging and bribes. From the archives of The Buffalo News, here is a look at who some of those people are.
Alain Kaloyeros: Kaloyeros transformed the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science into a multibillion dollar empire with more than 3,100 scientists, researchers, professors and students, as well as a growing national reputation. Unknown to most New Yorkers, Kaloyeros is seen as a template for the kind of person that college presidents need to find and then unleash to attract companies to their centers of learning – which is just what Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants to see happen at the University at Buffalo and other State University of New York campuses all across the state.
Joseph Percoco: State records made public show Percoco received large consulting payments from two big state contractors totaling as much as $125,000 sometime during 2014. In an annual filing of his finances with a state ethics agency, Percoco reported getting paid “consulting fees” by CHA Consulting and COR Development. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is, among other aspects, looking into the payments to Percoco as his office recently sent out a new round of subpoenas in its Buffalo Billion probe.
Louis Ciminelli: Developer Louis P. Ciminelli used his money and connections to influence the outcome of the 2016 Buffalo School Board elections, as he aimed to oust majority bloc incumbents and put an end to the lawsuit over how much his company profited from the $1.3 billion reconstruction of schools. Officials of his company, LPCiminelli, pressured local businesses to lobby the Buffalo Niagara Partnership to decline backing – even to stop doing business – with the incumbent candidates during the election, according to four sources who requested anonymity to preserve relations with LPCiminelli.