Cuomo says he has not scrutinized Buffalo Billion contracts

Oct 8, 2015

Governor Cuomo, facing questions about the on going federal probe of contracts associated with his Buffalo Billion economic development project, was reluctant to say much about the progress of the investigation.

During Wednesday's appearance visit to Batavia, Governor Cuomo had few things to say about the U.S. Attorney's reported investigation into the Buffalo Billion.
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Cuomo was asked by journalists whether he or anyone on his staff has been questioned or subpoenaed by federal prosecutors looking into the awarding of state contracts as part of the massive economic development protect in Western New York.

“I have not,” said Cuomo. “But I don’t want to get into commenting on the US Attorney’s investigation.”

A spokesman later clarified that “Neither the governor, nor his staff has been questioned or subpoenaed on the Buffalo Billion project."

Spokesman Rich Azzopardi says all future questions should be referred to the US Attorney, Preet Bharara. 

The governor’s economic development authority, Empire State Development Corporation has been subpoenaed as has  the State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute.

Cuomo says when he was Attorney General he issued hundreds of subpoenas, but very few turned out to reveal any actual wrong doing.

The governor was also asked if he’s confident if the Buffalo Billion contracts were awarded properly. He says he “has no reason” not to think so, but says he has not personally scrutinized the details.  And Cuomo says he does not think any of the projects will be delayed due to the federal probe.