We published this article on September 20, 2016. Associated Press published their version our article on November 21, 2016:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/nyregion/ex-advisers-to-gov-andrew-m-cuomo-are-indicted-in-federal-bribery-case.html

Close family confidante to the Cuomo family, Todd Howe and former Executive Deputy Secretary to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Joseph Percoco are among 9 men named in an 80 page corruption, bribe and “show me the money” scheme.

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They years they have been organizing and conspiring with companies interested in the largest State Construction Contracts for projects in upstate New York.

Thousands of dollars were paid to Percoco who in turn got key projects given to those “that paid.”

US attorney says the indictment shines a light on the corruption culture that has pervaded Albany, New York for decades.

But who are these people named in this 80 page Criminal Complaint?

[Above] An interesting photo today they never thought would wind up in an investigation.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo shakes hands with Steven Aiello of COR Development during an Oct. 2, 2012 visit to the CNY Biotech Accelerator in Syracuse. Also in the foreground are David Smith, left, then president of Upstate Medical University, and Neil Murphy, between Cuomo and Aiello, then president of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

In the furthest background, between Cuomo and Murphy, is lobbyist Todd Howe. Joseph Percoco, a Cuomo aide, appears in the background between Smith and Cuomo. Also in the photo, between Murphy and Aiello, are Rob Simpson of CenterState CEO and then-Chancellor Nancy Cantor of Syracuse University. (Syracuse University/Stephen Sartori)


Joseph Percoco

Joseph Percoco, is a former top aide to Cuomo and a consultant for COR, he’s accused of accepting bribes in return for state assistance on development projects.

Todd Howe

Todd Howe is a former lobbyist and longtime associate of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s family.

Howe, of Washington, D.C., worked for COR on state-assisted projects over the years and for other Central New York companies.







Steven Aiello

Howe pleaded guilty Wednesday to bid-rigging charges. He’s cooperating with federal prosecutors.

Steven Aiello is president and co-founder of COR Development Co. of Syracuse. His company paid $35,000 in bribes to Percoco through former lobbyist Todd Howe, according to the complaint.

Joseph Gerardi

Joseph Gerardi is COR’s general counsel and co-founder. He’s responsible for public permitting and negotiating contracts. His emails to Howe are cited in the complaint.





Alain Kaloyeros, also known as Dr. K, is president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute. He’s the state’s highest-paid employee and a major player in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate high-tech projects such as the Buffalo Billion and the Central New York film hub in DeWitt.


Alain Kaloyeros, say his colleagues, “always looks like he knows something you don’t know. And obviously, he apparently did.”



Mike Laipple

Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr

Peter Galbraith Kelly Jr
., also known as “Braith,” is an executive at the energy company Competitive Power Ventures Holdings LLC. He oversaw lobbying and public relations.

Louis Ciminelli, owner of LPCiminelli, the lead developer on a massive solar panel factory being built in Buffalo.

Michael Laipple, president of LPCiminelli’s infrastructure division.


[Left] Louis P. Ciminelli [right] his attorney Daniel C. Oliverio

Kevin Schuler, a spokesman for LPCiminelli.

Louis P. Ciminelli, wearing a Park City, Utah, Harley Davidson T-shirt, jeans and flip-flops, was in court this week facing allegations of bid rigging and bribery.

Ciminelli, chairman and CEO of LPCiminelli, is accused of bribing a former Albany lobbyist in an effort to gain an unfair competitive advantage over other contractors seeking work through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s upstate development program – read the Criminal Complaint.

Daniel C. Oliverio, Louis P. Ciminelli’s defense attorney, argued to the judge along with the other defense attorneys for a quick turnaround for the defendants’ next court appearance, saying they are eager to defend against the charges.





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