Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday said he would be open to “any additional checks and balances” on economic development while he also defended his office’s response to bid rigging charges leveled against former SUNY Polytechnic President Alain Kaloyeros following the guilty verdict in the case a day earlier.

But at the same time, Cuomo said there isn’t anything he would or could have done differently to prevent the corruption case from happening in the first place.

“I’m open to any additional checks and balances as long as they’re effective and get the job done,” Cuomo told reporters.

Kaloyeros, along with prominent upstate developers, were found guilty of rigging bids connected to the Buffalo Billion economic development program, an effort devised by Cuomo to boost the western New York economy.

Cuomo insisted the Kaloyeros case was a surprise, given his track record in state government that pre-dated the current administration.

“Mr. Kaloyeros was surprising to everyone because he was a 20-25 year state employee,” Cuomo said. “He pre-dated me. He had done great work under Gov. Pataki. The Albany regional turnaround, becoming the nano capital of the world, was really one of the great economic development projects in this state, in decades.”

The comments Friday were the most extensive to date Cuomo has given since the indictments, which had been part of the same case against Cuomo’s former close aide, Joe Percoco. The cases were separated, and Percoco earlier this year was convicted of bribery and fraud charges.

During the Buffalo Billion case, Cuomo has been pushed to back oversight and transparency reforms, and restore contract review powers to the state comptroller’s office.

Cuomo pointed to controls instituted by his office after Kaloyeros was indicted as recommended by the report of an outside consultant, Bart Schwartz.

“Can you stop people from doing stupid things? No. Can you stop people from doing criminal things? No. Can you stop people from doing venial things? No. But you can have a system in place that allows the law to be aggressively prosecuted,” Cuomo said, adding, “We overhauled the whole system and we brought in the best accounting person.”

The developers in the case were also donors to the governor’s campaigns, but the donations were not made an issue in the trial, a fact Cuomo repeatedly pointed out to reporters.

“Let’s get the facts straight,” he said. “The question is how do you stop bid rigging by SUNY, because it had nothing to do with any campaign contributions.”

As for that money, Cuomo separated funds given to him by Louis Ciminelli, Steven Aiello and Joseph Girardi after their indictments. It is not clear what Cuomo will ultimately do with those donations.

“We segregated the money that we gave when we first heard about it,” he said. “We’ll talk to the Southern District. I want to make sure we get there input what we do with the funding.”

The guilty verdicts have been seized on by Cuomo’s political rivals, Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro and Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging the governor in a Democratic primary.

Nixon on Friday cast doubt on whether Cuomo would be adept enough to combat corruption in New York, comparing it to a bull trying to clean up a China shop.

“OK,” Cuomo said in response. “That’s her opinion.”