A federal judge is delaying the sentencing of a former top adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo until after the November election.
The delay, requested by the defense, means the sentencing of Alain Kaloyeros, who Cuomo hand-picked to head the Buffalo Billion, will take place after voters go to the polls in the race for governor.
U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni also postponed the sentencing of Buffalo businessman Louis Ciminelli, a major donor to Cuomo's previous campaigns.
Ciminelli and Kaloyeros were convicted earlier this summer of engaging in a bid-rigging scheme that led to LPCiminelli winning the $750 million RiverBend project, a centerpiece of the Buffalo Billion initiative.
Without a delay in the sentencings, Cuomo would have faced unwanted publicity in the weeks leading up to the November election against Republican Marc Molinaro.
Under Caproni's new schedule, Ciminelli will be sentenced Nov. 28 and Kaloyeros will be sentenced Dec. 11, both in Manhattan federal court.
Kevin Schuler, a former LPCiminelli executive who pleaded guilty and testified against his boss, also received a postponement. Caproni set a tentative date of Jan. 4 for Schuler.
Defense lawyers made no mention of the election in their court papers requesting the delay and instead stressed the need to better prepare for the upcoming sentencings.
Both Ciminelli and Kaloyeros were convicted of felonies and face potentially long prison sentences.
Federal prosecutors did not objects to the delays.