A federal jury in New York convicted key players Thursday on charges related to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic redevelopment program, leaving some lawyers grumbling outside court that it’s a bad time to face corruption charges.
The jury in Manhattan returned its verdict after a monthlong trial put a spotlight on how lucrative contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars were awarded for redevelopment projects aimed at revitalizing upstate New York, particularly Syracuse and Buffalo.
“We are absolutely heartsick over the verdict,” said Michael Miller, a lawyer for Alain Kaloyeros, formerly the president of the State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute.
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