US Attorney Preet Bharara announced a federal complaint against nine defendants, including former executive deputy secretary to Governor Andrew Cuomo Joe Percoco and SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros, who are facing a wide array of criminal charges.
Todd Howe, a lobbyist with ties to Cuomo, faces six charges, including extortion, bribery and wire fraud. It was reported last month that Howe signed a cooperation agreement with Bharara’s office in exchange for leniency. The criminal complaint against Howe is separate from the eight others’ complaints.
In addition to Percoco and Kaloyeros, the complaint also includes Competitive Power Ventures Holdings lobbyist Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr., COR President Steven Aiello, COR executive Joseph Gerardi, LPCiminelli founder Louis Ciminelli, and two other executives at LPCiminelli, Michael Laipple and Kevin Schuler.
All the defendants are facing 12 charges, including extortion, bribery, fraud and making false statements to federal officers.
It has been widely reported that Bharara’s office has been investigating the Buffalo Billion initiative, which Cuomo created to lure jobs and spur economic revival in Buffalo. The charges released today stem from two criminal schemes to award hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts and other state benefits.
At a press conference on Thursday, Bharara said he hoped the cases would end up in trial, so that the public could see the “gory details of what their state government has been up to.”
Read the full charges against Howe and the others below.
Ashley Hupfl is a reporter for City & State, a content partner with The Public.