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Kaloyeros seeks payment of legal fees in Buffalo Billion case

ALBANY – Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, whose state government work included serving as the point person on the state’s largest Buffalo Billion project, on Tuesday filed suit against two state entities to get his legal fees covered in state and federal corruption cases.

Kaloyeros, the former president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, was one of eight individuals charged last year in a probe that included alleged pay-to-play allegations in the awarding of several major upstate economic development projects, including the construction of SolarCity’s plant.

[PDF: See Kaloyeros' court filing]

In a complaint filed in state Supreme Court in Albany, Kaloyeros said two SUNY-created not-for-profit corporations must pay his legal fees in the cases brought by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

The cases touch on projects from Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany to a Hudson Valley power plant application. In the federal case, a judge is expected in April to set a timetable for the trials against Kaloyeros, former top Cuomo advisor Joseph Percoco and three executives from Buffalo's LPCiminelli, which handled the SolarCity construction.

The SUNY corporations – Fort Schuyler Management Corp. and Fuller Road Management Corp. – were created to run the Buffalo Billion work and other upstate projects. The new complaint states that the two entities last year agreed to pay for Kaloyeros’ legal representation by the law firm Steptoe & Johnson. It said the corporations paid the first two invoices for legal work up through last June.

The action wants the corporations to pay his past and future legal bills.

The Kaloyeros suit contends the former SUNY leader faces “irreparable harm” to both his criminal legal defense and his ongoing employment at the SUNY college if the legal bills are not paid.

Kaloyeros, who Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo put in charge of various upstate projects, was suspended from his SUNY post. Soon after, he resigned the post and assumed his former title of professor at the college.

“Dr. Kaloyeros demands a jury trial,’’ states the last line in the complaint filed Tuesday.

 

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