SUNY leader, adviser to NY Gov. Cuomo, resigns after charges

AP News
Posted: Oct 11, 2016 11:51 AM

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 (kal-oh-YEHR'-ohs) resigned Monday. His attorney, Mike Miller, said Tuesday that Kaloyeros had resigned because he didn't want his criminal charges to become a distraction to his 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.