Ex-Lobbyist Todd Howe Expected to Play Major Role in Corruption Trial

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Ex-lobbyist Todd Howe will serve as a primary focus for the bid-rigging trial against former SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros, according to a report by the Albany Times Union.

The odd thing is, he won’t even be there.

Last winter, Howe helped prosecutors convict Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to the Governor, of several charges including solicitation of bribes.

Now, Kaloyeros faces corruption charges after allegedly rigging bids on development projects deemed “centerpieces of Cuomo’s economic-development program.” The contracts were valued at over $850 million.

Kaloyeros is alleged, with the help of Howe, to have steered these state contracts to favored developers by using his school’s nonprofit arm, the Fort Schuler Development Corporation.

The trial is scheduled to begin in less than a week, and Howe will reportedly not be testifying. The Albany Times Union reports that prosecutors have decided to keep him off the witness stand for fear of causing themselves more harm than good.

Nevertheless, Kaloyeros’ defense attorney Michael Miller revealed that the former lobbyist will be a central topic of discussion, as Kaloyeros and his co-defendants will “offer evidence to undermine Mr. Howe’s credibility” in efforts to significantly weaken the prosecution’s case.

Miller has asked US District Court Judge Valerie Caproni to order U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman’s office to reveal any information that would strengthen the defense’s case, including any correspondence with Howe since Percoco’s trial.