In 2011, legislators in Albany made the fateful decision to remove Thomas P. DiNapoli from the process of approving contracts.
As state comptroller, his pre-audit authority included reviewing proposed contracts for SUNY, CUNY and the Office of General Services. This put another set of eyes on bids coming in for various projects.
But lawmakers argued that DiNapoli’s involvement impeded the flow of the bureaucratic machinery that made economic development possible. So they opted to cut him out of the loop.
And then the bid-rigging scandal pertaining to the Buffalo Billion project struck. This led to the convictions of Alain E. Kaloyeros, former president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute; a former top aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo; Louis Ciminelli, a principal of LPCiminelli; and Steven Aiello and Joe Gerardi, executives with COR Development.
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