BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A massive corruption investigation has shaken the foundation of the Buffalo Billion. Prosecutors say the bidding process for Solar City, the centerpiece of the Buffalo Billion, was rigged.
Now three executives from the company that won the Solar City contract are facing federal charges.
Several Erie County lawmakers responded to the allegations Thursday night.
New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan is not letting a bid-rigging scheme get in the way of finishing the Solar City project.
Ryan says phases one and two were not tainted by bribery, which includes the idea stage and the planning phase. He claims corruption started during the execution phase.
“Lets remember there’s no allegations or charges connected to the overall value of these projects. Some individuals in state government decided to bribe developers and in return steer construction contracts back to those developers,” said Assemblyman Ryan.
Ryan says the charges in the criminal complaint are incredibly disturbing, but still he’s focused on furthering Solar City.
“Let’s keep our focus on ensuring that the Solar City project moves forward. Construction is nearly complete at the River Bend site, many employees have already been hired and the hiring process to hire several hundred more are underway,” said Ryan.