Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo Appoints Sharon Mccarthy As Special Counsel For Ny State Troopers Investigation

NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 22, 2008) - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of Sharon L. McCarthy as Special Counsel for the New York State Troopers investigation. McCarthy is accepting this assignment with the Attorney General’s office after having spent much of her career as a prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York where she focused on violent crime, organized crime and public corruption.

Attorney General Cuomo said, “I am pleased to have Sharon leading our investigation into this matter. Having her on our team reinforces the promise I made upon receiving this assignment from Governor Paterson - that we would staff this investigation with a top notch team of professionals. At the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Sharon showed time and again her tenacity and her dedication to ferreting out the truth. Her reputation as a talented and aggressive prosecutor makes her the right person to lead this effort.”

Ms. McCarthy will be working with Michael Armstrong and Robert Fiske, who the Attorney General recently announced will be serving as Special Advisors on this matter. She will be dedicated full time and exclusively to this investigation.

McCarthy’s extensive service with the United States Attorney’s Office spans over twelve years, during which time she served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division under U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White and later as Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit under U.S. Attorney James Comey. As Chief, she oversaw a wide range of cases, supervising narcotics, racketeering and murder trials.

McCarthy also served in the Public Corruption, Organized Crime and General Crimes units. During her time in Public Corruption, McCarthy led the prosecution of a bribery scheme that had persisted for thirty five years and involved twenty New York City property tax assessors. As a result of the case, the defendants were ordered to pay New York City $160 million in restitution.

For her service in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, McCarthy was twice awarded the Justice Department’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Immediately prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, McCarthy was a partner at Kostelanetz & Fink, where she handled cases involving white collar criminal matters, as well as civil and criminal tax controversies. McCarthy received a Bachelor’s Degree from Colgate University and a Juris Doctor from Fordham Law School where she was an Articles Editor on the Fordham Law Review.