A.G. Schneiderman Appoints Public Integrity Officer To Combat Corruption In Hudson Valley

New Public Integrity Officer Gives New Yorkers In The Hudson Valley A Place To Report Government Corruption Without Fear Of Political Influence

Schneiderman Fulfills Commitment To Tackle Government Corruption At All Levels To Restore Confidence In Public Sector

POUGHKEEPSIE – As part of his effort to crack down on corruption and restore the public's trust in government, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the appointment of a public integrity officer to serve in the Attorney General's Poughkeepsie Regional Office. Vincent Bradley, of Kingston, will be charged with giving taxpayers a place to go to report complaints of government corruption without fear of local politics influencing the outcome.

“When it comes to combating local public corruption, the people of Poughkeepsie deserve a dedicated 'cop on the beat.' Having a public integrity officer here will go a long way to root out corruption and address the concerns of Hudson Valley taxpayers,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “As Poughkeepsie’s public integrity officer, Vincent Bradley will give everyday citizens a place to take complaints where they know they can and will be examined without fear or favor."

As part of his sweeping reform initiative to restore confidence in the public sector, Attorney General Schneiderman is placing public integrity officers in all of the regional offices across the state to police local government corruption. Schneiderman’s appointment reflects a renewed commitment of time and energy in the regional office devoted to public integrity matters, and will formally link the regional office to the Attorney General’s central Public Integrity Bureau.

Vincent Bradley has served as an Assistant Attorney General-In-Charge of the Attorney General's Poughkeepsie regional office since 2008. In addition to his role of managing the regional office and overseeing attorneys and cases, Bradley conducts investigations involving consumer protection, illegal business practices and fraud.

Prior to joining the Attorney General's office, he served for ten years as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office. During his tenure, Bradley served in the Labor Racketeering Unit, which conducted complex white collar criminal investigations emanating from the construction and labor industries.

While in the Labor Racketeering Unit, Bradley was a member of a team of three prosecutors who investigated, indicted and convicted New York State Senator Guy Velella from Bronx County, and other individuals, for conspiracy, bribe receiving, extortion and other related crimes.

Bradley graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He received his law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

In addition to Poughkeepsie, the Attorney General has regional offices outside of New York City in Buffalo, Binghamton, Long Island, Plattsburgh, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Watertown and Westchester.

Russ Haven, Legislative Counsel at New York Public Interest Research Group, Inc. (NYPIRG), said: “Attorney General Schneiderman’s initiative to place a public integrity officer in each regional office to root out local wrongdoing is a major step forward in the fight to hold accountable those who defraud the taxpayers of this state. Whistleblowers and other New Yorkers who see local fraud and waste will now have a local point person to share in confidence their potentially vital information. We applaud the Attorney General for making public integrity a top priority, and working to reform our state government from top to bottom.”

"It is an honor to serve as Poughkeepsie's Public Integrity Officer, and I’m proud to assist Attorney General Schneiderman in fulfilling his pledge to root out public corruption and increase government transparency,” Bradley said. “We encourage the people of the Hudson Valley to contact our office if they know of or suspect cases of government corruption.”

Individuals in the Hudson Valley with information about public corruption cases are urged to contact Mr. Bradley at the Attorney General's Poughkeepsie Regional Office at: (845) 485-3900.

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