Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara has expanded his anti-corruption crusade to the far western edge of the state — investigating Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial Buffalo Billion revitalization project, The Post has learned.
The probe of Cuomo’s pet project is the first to touch his office beyond Bharara’s investigation of thegovernor’s shutdown of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption last year.
The new investigation is focused on the multimillion-dollar contracts awarded to build facilities for high-tech, drug-development and clean-energy businesses, a source familiar with the probe told The Post.
Bharara’s office has slapped several firms with subpoenas in recent months, the source said.
“It’s a comprehensive look at the bidding process,” the source said.
“They’re looking at communications between contractors and state officials.”
Bharara’s probe extends some 250 miles beyond the boundaries of his district, the Southern District of New York, which is headquartered in Manhattan and includes The Bronx and six suburbs north of the city.
It also infringes on the jurisdiction of Buffalo US Attorney Bill Hochul, whose wife, Kathy, is Cuomo’s lieutenant governor.
Last month, Kathy Hochul touted Cuomo’s pricey plan during an Upstate Revitalization Conference at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.