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Defense in Buffalo Billion case: Ex-school head acted fairly

July 9, 2018

FILE - In this June 19, 2018, file photo, Alain Kaloyeros, a former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute, arrives at federal court for his corruption trial in New York. Closing arguments began Monday, July 9, in the corruption trial over an ambitious upstate New York redevelopment plan known as the Buffalo Billion, with a prosecutor alleging a cover-up by defendants. Kaloyeros and three co-defendants pleaded not guilty to charges they tried to rig bidding for contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A defense lawyer at a corruption trial says a “fair and competitive process” led to contracts for an ambitious upstate New York redevelopment plan known as the Buffalo Billion.

Attorney Michael Miller delivered closing arguments in Manhattan federal court.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Podolsky said earlier Monday that the process was rigged and the defendants hid their crimes by deleting emails and telling lies.

The former president of the State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute, Alain Kaloyeros (uh-LAYN’ kal-oh-YEHR’-ohs), and three co-defendants have pleaded not guilty.

Miller calls Kaloyeros “a dynamo” and a “man of action.”

The trial comes just months after a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo was convicted in a related trial.

The Democratic governor is not accused of wrongdoing.

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