ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The now-former president of SUNY Polytechnic pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of “combination in restraint of trade and competition.”
Alain Kaloyeros turned himself in Friday morning at Albany City Court. He is accused of steering taxpayer-funded contracts to companies he handpicked.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is alleging that Kaloyeros rigged the bidding process for three multi-million dollar contracts by handpicking companies to do work at the SUNY Polytech facilities. The process should be fair and competitive.
The felony complaint alleges Kaloyeros had at least three separate schemes: One being a house project, which was a dormitory over on Loughlin Street in Albany. That contract was awarded to Joseph Nicolla’s Columbia Development.
That project, however, is not financed by Kaloyeros, but rather by revenue from “room fees” paid by SUNY Polytech students.
The second scheme is related to the construction of the so-called “Nanofab West Research Building.”
The complaint alleges that Kaloyeros awarded that project to a contractor who agreed to give $50 million to a non-profit organization connected to SUNY Poly. That contractor also donated $3 million towards a research grant for SUNY Poly.
The third scheme was allegedly with an architectural firm. Kaloyeros agreed that in exchange for the firm’s agreement to lease space in a SUNY Poly building, he would give the firm future work on SUNY Poly projects.
Nicolla is facing one count on the same charge. He’s set to appear in court on Monday.
If Kaloyeros is convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum of 4 to 12 years in prison. He was released on his own recognizance.