ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The leader of a New York state research institute has resigned after being charged in a bribery and bid-rigging case that has shaken the administration of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros resigned Monday. On Tuesday his attorney, Mike Miller, said Kaloyeros resigned because he didn’t want his criminal charges to become a distraction to his former colleagues. Miller says his client is innocent.
Kaloyeros faces state and federal charges that allege he steered lucrative state contracts to hand-picked companies. He’s one of several men charged in an investigation into Cuomo’s high-profile economic development projects.
Kaloyeros is a nanotech expert who led many of Cuomo’s efforts to attract high-tech jobs. He has a salary of more than $800,000 and was the state’s highest-paid employee.