Cuomo met with feds on Buffalo Billion Bombshell

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) - Governor Andrew Cuomo said he met with prosecutors to talk about a federal corruption case connected to the Buffalo Billion.

Cuomo said he met with the federal authorities back in September after U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced criminal charges against nine people, including one of Cuomo's close aide and longtime advisor, Joe Percoco.

Other men facing charges include former State University of New York Polytechnic Institute president Alain Kaloyeros and three officials with Buffalo-based developer LP Ciminelli, including the Chairman and CEO, Louis Ciminelli.

The men are accused of being part of a bid-rigging scheme where bribes were traded for inside information about large government economic development projects, including the SolarCity Riverbend project.

Percoco and the eight others have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Cuomo said he was not under oath during his meeting with federal prosecutors, and he is not sure whether he will be called as a witness during the trial.

Cuomo has not been accused of any wrong doing, and he said he was not aware of any of the actions described by the prosecutors.

He said he volunteered to meet with authorities.

 

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