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Gov. Cuomo Announces New Jobs, Addresses Corruption Scandal

By Dan Mantooth SKANEATELES, N.Y. (NCC News) – One year ago, fears that Welch Allyn would become just another example of jobs lost to another state or country loomed after the family-owned company was acquired by Chicago-based Hill Rom. Wednesday, the company announced it would be adding more than 100 new jobs within the next two years.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney joined Welch Allyn President Alton Shader in announcing the Skaneateles company’s expansion. The state will be investing $12 million in Welch Allyn and Onondaga County will be offering economic incentives, according to Gov. Cuomo. The incentives are primarily tax-related, Shader said.

The jobs, which have not been finalized yet, will be in all areas of Welch Allyn’s business, including positions in manufacturing, research and development, quality and marketing, Shader explained.

Welch Allyn was founded 101 years ago and remained family owned for a century before Hill Rom bought the company for over $2 billion.

Gov. Cuomo also addressed the corruption charges brought by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, saying, “I had no idea that any of that was going on.”

Nine were charged in the U.S. Attorney’s complaint, including one of Cuomo’s personal friends and a former top aide and State University of New York Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros.

The problem centered around SUNY’s purchasing and procurement process, Cuomo said. “I appoint people to the state university board, but it’s not in my office, quote, unquote,” he said.

Cuomo said the state will go after those involved in the alleged bribes if the state believes it was defrauded.