Former SUNY Polytech President Alain Kaloyeros was sentenced on Tuesday to 3.5 years in prison and given a $100,000 fine.
Kaloyeros’s sentencing was different than the others who have been convicted for their part in the Buffalo Billion scandal. In the end, the judge said she was still left wondering what his motive was.
The judge said in some ways this has been the most challenging sentencing out of all of them.
Kaloyeros did not gain any money out of orchestrating this bid-rigging process, but he did profit politically by giving these contract deals to close friends of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Kaloyeros’ defense lawyers painted a picture of a man who was a true genius who only looked to build New York’s technological and economic future.
His lawyers said that there are circumstances when someone has done so many incredible things in their life that they should be allowed leniency.
His lawyers also asked what did it really hurt if a company was able to acquire a state contract, legally or not, if they really were the best.
The judge said now there is no way to prove this and this is what corruption does and said Kaloyeros believed himself to be above the law.
He deleted emails to cover his tracks and lied to the press about his process for choosing these companies.
Kaloyeros was granted bail while his appeal process continues.
He did get the chance to speak just briefly in the courtroom. He spoke with tears and his voice choked with emotion as he told the court he does accept full responsibility for his actions and apologized to the people of New York.