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Cuomo on corruption charges: "I am saddened and profoundly disappointed"

Cuomo on corruption charges: "I am saddened and profoundly disappointed"

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LOCAL DNC PHILLY GEE

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will travel to Buffalo on Friday. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo put out a statement this afternoon on the charges against nine people in the Albany pay-for-play corruption scandal, including Joseph Percoco, one of Cuomo’s longest and closest former advisors, SUNY Polytechnic boss Alain Kaloyeros, as well a Buffalo Billion general contractor, Louis CiminellI:

“I learned this morning of the charges filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office that include a former member of my administration. If the allegations are true, I am saddened and profoundly disappointed. I hold my administration to the highest level of integrity. I have zero tolerance for abuse of the public trust from anyone. If anything, a friend should be held to an even higher standard. Like my father before me, I believe public integrity is paramount. This sort of breach, if true, should be and will be punished.

“SUNY has rightly relieved Alain Kaloyeros from his duties and has suspended him without pay, effective immediately.

“This matter is now in the hands of the court, which is exactly where it belongs. My administration will continue to be fully cooperative in the matter as we have been since it began.”

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