The top lawyer in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office this week advised leaders at the State University of New York of the ongoing review of contracts related to the Buffalo Billion economic development project will be in effect “until further notice.”

The memorandum dated Monday by Cuomo administration counsel Alphonso David comes as the Buffalo Billion economic development project has fallen under investigation by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. At the same time, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is investigating potential bid rigging at SUNY Polytechnic.

Last week, the Cuomo administration announced it hired former federal prosecutor Bart Schwartz to review contracting under what has been a signature economic development program for the governor. Schwartz, the memorandum states, will have power over “all decisions” related to Buffalo Billion contracts.

“Due to ongoing legal matters related to the Buffalo Billion and Nano economic development programs, please be advised that all decisions to be made by the SUNY Polytechnic Institute and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York regarding the Buffalo Billion and Nano programs shall be subject to review and approval pursuant to guidelines to be established by Bart Schwartz, who is leading the current investigation on behalf of Governor Cuomo,” David wrote in the memorandum.

The letter was sent to SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Carl McCall, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Alexander Cartwright, the interim president of the Research Foundation for the State University of New York.

Letter to SUNY 05-02-16 by Nick Reisman