Judge Valerie Caproni is going to have her hands full over the coming months sentencing people convicted in her courtroom during several corruption trials in New York State this year, including four men found guilty of felonies Thursday for their role in the Buffalo Billion case.
Caproni set sentencing for October for all four defendants.
The sentencings will be spread out — and all set to occur less than a month before Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is up for re-election.
The four defendants face varying sentences. Buffalo developer Louis P. Ciminelli and former SUNY Polytechnic Institute president Alain Kaloyeros were each convicted of wire fraud conspiracy and wire fraud. The U.S. Attorney's office said each count carries a possible 20-year prison term.
Kaloyeros, who Cuomo tapped to run the Buffalo Billion program, is set to be sentenced Oct. 11.
Next will be Steve Aiello, the president of Syracuse’s COR Development. Joseph Gerardi, the general counsel at COR, who was convicted with Aiello of engaging in a bid-rigging scheme for state-funded project in central New York, will be sentenced on Oct. 15.
Ciminelli, the former head of Buffalo’s LPCiminelli and a longtime force in Western New York business and political communities, is to be sentenced on Oct. 17.
The general election campaign for governor is Nov. 6. The Democratic primary campaign for governor is Sept. 13. Cuomo’s opponents have already been pounding him over the Buffalo Billion case as well as the trial earlier this year that led to the conviction of longtime Cuomo friend and advisor Joseph Percoco.
Earlier this week, the judge moved the sentencing of Percoco from July until Aug. 10.
But Caproni will still be busy in July: On July 27 she is due to sentence former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was recently convicted in a retrial on his own separate corruption case.