Following allegations that his former close friend and top aide Joseph Percoco took bribes from developers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he was "personally disappointed," but laid the blame on SUNY Poly for its procurement process, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Cuomo also stated that he knew nothing about the alleged bribes that led to the arrest of 10 developers and former aides last week in a large corruption case," said the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Following the indictments last week Cuomo released a statement on the case: “ If the allegations are true, I am saddened and profoundly disappointed. I hold my administration to the highest level of integrity. I have zero tolerance for abuse of the public trust from anyone," he said.
" If anything, a friend should be held to an even higher standard. Like my father before me, I believe public integrity is paramount. This sort of breach, if true, should be and will be punished," Cuomo added.
Cuomo also stripped SUNY of its management of projects across the state and said new bidding regulations would be developed, added the Poughkeepsie Journal.
“SUNY has rightly relieved Alain Kaloyeros (the president of SUNY Poly who was named in the indictment) from his duties and has suspended him without pay, effective immediately," Cuomo said.
The governor also claimed the problem was the way SUNY Poly doled out contracts to developers, said the Poughkeepsie Journal.
The charges against Percoco, of South Salem, the former executive deputy secretary to Cuomo , and Alain Kaloyeros, the president of SUNY Poly, stem from two separate but overlapping schemes involving bribery, corruption, and fraud in the award of hundreds of millions of dollars in New York State contracts and other official state actions, according to Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
“This matter is now in the hands of the court, which is exactly where it belongs. My administration will continue to be fully cooperative in the matter as we have been since it began," Cuomo said.