Attorney General Cuomo Launched Statewide Community Partnership Initiative With Binghamton As First Site
ALBANY, N.Y. (September 7, 2007) – On September 6, 2007, Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and over twenty key members of the Attorney General’s leadership team kicked off a new effort in Binghamton designed to make the Office of the Attorney General more responsive to the needs of the Binghamton community. The Attorney General’s first-ever Community Partnership Initiative included meetings with local officials and groups as well as a community forum to provide information to the public and receive requests for local assistance.
“Today’s event is a perfect example of how government can work to help people directly,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “By meeting with our counterparts throughout the state, my office is able to get a full understanding of the issues that we all face. Public service truly lives up to its name by meeting with the public and identifying solutions.”
Cuomo and his staff conducted more than 25 meetings throughout the day with key leaders from the environment, civil rights, business, education, and law enforcement communities. In the evening, the public was invited to a forum at Binghamton High School hosted by the Attorney General. The Attorney General and his staff met with hundreds of local residents and held a series of breakout sessions on issues such as student loans, health care, consumer frauds, civil rights, and the environment.
The leadership team of the Attorney General’s office held meetings such as:
- Labor and Business Round Tables: Attorney General Cuomo, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice Mylan Denerstein, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice Eric Corngold, Labor Bureau Chief Jennifer Brand, Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights Jenny Rivera, Health Care Bureau Chief Tim Clune, and Assistant Attorney General In-Charge of the Binghamton Regional Office Dennis McCabe met with labor unions and members of the business community.
- Student Loan Investigation Outreach: Deputy Counselor and Special Assistant to the Attorney General Benjamin Lawsky and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Lee Llambelis discussed student loans with student organizations and financial aid personnel at area colleges.
- Regional Law Enforcement Meeting: Special Deputy Attorney General for Guns and Gangs Carl Boykin, Chief of Staff Steven Cohen, Chief Investigator Joseph D’Amico, and Assistant Attorney General In-Charge of the Binghamton Regional Office Dennis McCabe held meetings with local and state law enforcement.
- State Council Outreach: Executive Deputy Attorney General for State Counsel Judge Leslie Leach held meetings with developmental disability advocates and representatives from state agencies.
- Environmental Action Meetings: Special Deputy Attorney General for Environmental Protection Katherine Kennedy, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice Mylan Denerstein, Assistant Attorney General Lisa Burianek, and Assistant Attorney General Peter Washburn held meetings with local environmental groups in Broome County.
Attorney General Cuomo said, “I take very seriously our efforts to partner with communities across the state and there is nothing more effective than face-to-face meetings and immersing one’s self in the local community to understand their issues. I also take seriously the role of the Attorney General’s office as the “People’s Lawyer” and believe we can serve the public by providing information on a range of topics that are important to people in their daily lives as well as making ourselves available to hear their complaints and represent their concerns.”
To ensure all New Yorkers have access to the resources of the Attorney General’s office, Attorney General Cuomo will be holding similar events in other cities across New York State.