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NY redacts SUNY legal contract

ALBANY — The State University of New York has hired a Manhattan law firm for up to $1.5 million but so far state officials and the firm aren’t talking about it, or whether it’s related to a federal investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature economic development efforts.

The state comptroller’s office released a heavily redacted copy of the contract with the firm Kelley Drye and Warren on Tuesday following an open records request from The Associated Press.

The Park Avenue firm began working for SUNY in July. SUNY Polytechnic Institute has reportedly been subpoenaed in connection with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s investigation into Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion project, which saw SUNY Polytechnic selected firms to participate in high-tech projects.

A spokeswoman for the firm declined to comment Tuesday.