A former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute and several businessmen tried desperately to hide a conspiracy to steer contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars in an ambitious upstate New York redevelopment plan known as the Buffalo Billion, a prosecutor told jurors in closing arguments at a corruption trial Monday.
Closing arguments are set for Monday in the corruption trial of a former associate of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. His political opponents say the case has highlighted some legal but unsavory practices in New York.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York City has announced the arrests of nine people in what it calls the "show-me-the-money culture in Albany." The arrests include a former aide to Governor Cuomo and three executives with local developer LPCiminelli in the Buffalo Billion federal probe.
The build-out of the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus is moving full-speed ahead. Crews are busy putting up the new Children's Hospital on High Street and, a few hundred feet away along Main Street, UB's new medical school is going up.
Buffalo's Joint Schools Construction Board is involved in an escalating fight over how much profit LP Ciminelli made in managing the 11-year old project. Nearly $1.5 billion was spent in updating Buffalo schools.