The Week That Was

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For those who were hoping for some big fireworks the last week of session, I’m sorry to disappoint but there was none of that... Both the Senate and Assembly gaveled out for the year late Wednesday night/Thursday morning, without reaching a deal on quite a few of the larger issues on the table. Even with Governor Cuomo in town on Wednesday, holding closed door meetings with Leader Flanagan and Speaker Heastie trying to negotiate, it was a period of little drama and no big deals.

Plus, it seemed Mr. Cuomo was dealing with another state crisis. On Tuesday he announced New York intends to file a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over family separations at the southern border. He reiterated that on Thursday when he wrote a letter to the federal Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, requesting information on the children to ensure that appropriate mental health services are being provided. Just out of curiosity, does anyone know how many times Governor Cuomo has brought a lawsuit against Trump since he took the Oval Office?

And last but not least, our final story of the year is on the face of the semiconductor industry in New York state, the one and only, Dr. K. On Monday, Kaloyeros, the founding president and former CEO of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, went on trial with three co-defendants in U.S. District Court in Manhattan charged with secretly rigging the bids of state contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to be awarded to two allegedly favored companies, COR Development in Syracuse and LPCiminelli in Buffalo. His judge is U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni, the same judge that recently heard the Percoco trial. Dr. K can only hope his result is better than Mr. Percoco’s.

And without further ado, I present you with another edition of “The Week That Was.” Have a great summer!