Architect of Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion Project Is Convicted in Bid-Rigging Scheme


This you can count on, and there are too few things one can count on in this world. – The bigger the government, the bigger the corruption. That’s just the way it is. The temptation is bigger because there’s a bigger pile of taxpayer booty to spread around. This in turn attracts more cronies who then write crony regs and pass crony laws to further enrich themselves via taxpayer money.

This is one of the reasons we always point out that socialism, which politicizes everything in life, is by its very nature crony. Bureaucrats should be few and they should generally be poorly paid.

Also we love New York.

(From The New York Times)

Alain E. Kaloyeros, a principal architect of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signature economic development initiative, was convicted on Thursday in a bid-rigging scheme that steered hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts to favored companies in Buffalo and Syracuse.

Dr. Kaloyeros, 62, was found guilty of wire fraud and conspiracy in the fourth week of a federal trial in Manhattan that invited harsh scrutiny of Mr. Cuomo’s ambitious plan to revitalize upstate and western New York, known as the Buffalo Billion.

If Cuomo really cared about “revitalizing” upstate New York he would champion lowering taxes and deregulation. But no. Funneling money through Albany is a much better way to revitalize. I mean the cronies are pretty vital in the Empire State. Though one is headed to jail.