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SUNY Poly laying off 38 employees

Jul 14, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state research institute is laying off 38 employees, a shakeup that comes after its former leader was charged in a bribery and bid-rigging case that rattled Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.

The layoffs were first reported by The Associated Press.

SUNY Poly interim president Bahgat Sammakia says affected employees are being notified Friday. They include Albany-based administrative and support staff but no research faculty.

Sammakia says the reductions will improve efficiency and operations at the 1,100-employee institute, which oversees some of Cuomo's efforts to attract high-tech jobs to New York.

Sammakia says the layoffs and other changes will save $10 million a year.

Former president Alain Kaloyeros  resigned last year after being charged with awarding lucrative contracts to hand-picked companies. Kaloyeros says he's innocent.