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 resigned Monday. On Tuesday his attorney, Mike Miller, said Kaloyeros resigned because he didn’t want his criminal charges to become a distraction to his former 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.
Kaloyeros resignation letter
Statement from SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher
“We accept Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros’ resignation as president of SUNY Poly, and we are evaluating his request to return to his faculty position. As Dr. Kaloyeros indicated in his resignation letter, his ‘continued leadership would pose a distraction from SUNY Poly continuing its good work’.
While Dr. Kaloyeros’ service as president has ended, his practices and actions are under our ongoing review. In addition, we will continue to cooperate with federal and state prosecutors as their respective investigations continue.
We continue to direct executive staff at SUNY System Administration, under the leadership of Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright, to serve in an officer-in-charge capacity for the campus until an individual can be appointed.
Our primary focus continues to be the thousands of students, faculty, researchers, and staff that SUNY Poly serves.”