Attorney General Cuomo's Statewide Community Partnership Initiative Returns To Monroe County

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (November 18, 2008) – Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s office continued his Community Partnership Initiative in Rochester today, bringing key members of his leadership team back to the region to hold a community-wide forum. This is the second time the Attorney General has brought his entire senior staff to the Rochester area in an effort to make the Office more responsive to the needs of local residents.

“Today my team is back in Monroe County to again meet directly with the community,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “We are the ‘people’s lawyer.’ Therefore, I continue to make my office open and accessible to all New Yorkers. It is critically important that people understand what the Attorney General’s Office has to offer, and that our top legal talent is always ready to help.”

Cuomo’s executive staff hosted the public forum at Irondequoit High School. At the forum, the Attorney General and his senior staff conducted a series of intimate breakout sessions on civil and labor rights, health care concerns, consumer protection (including how to avoid falling victim to a bad home improvement contractor), housing issues, the environment and Internet safety.

Members of the Attorney General’s office taking part in the events included:

  • Counselor and Chief of Staff Steven M. Cohen
  • Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice Eric Corngold
  • Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice Mylan Denerstein
  • Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs Dave Sampson
  • Special Deputy Attorney General for Medicaid Fraud Heidi Wendel
  • Special Deputy Attorney General for Guns and Gangs Carl J. Boykin
  • Chief Investigator Joseph A. D’Amico
  • Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs/Director of Affirmative Justice for the Regional Offices Risa Sugarman
  • Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Lee Llambelis
  • Health Care Bureau Chief Timothy Clune
  • Deputy Bureau Chief for Environmental Protection Lisa Burianek
  • Deputy Bureau Chief for Civil Rights Alphonso B. David
  • Civil Rights Bureau Counsel Spencer Freedman
  • Assistant Attorney General-in-Charge of the Rochester Regional Office Debra Martin
  • Assistant Attorney General Carlos Rodriguez
  • Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Huggins
  • Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Bruce
  • Assistant Attorney General Carolyn Fast
  • Assistant Attorney General Karen Geduldig
  • Policy Analyst for Environmental Protection Peter Washburn
  • Policy Advisor John Maggiore
  • Investigator Christopher Holland

New York State Senator Joseph Robach said, “I am proud of my working relationship with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Like me he believes that the best way to serve the public, and to get results on the issues that matter to all of us, is to be in the community to speak face-to-face with local residents.  I commend the Attorney General for taking this hands-on approach that allows the community to learn about and take advantage of the services his office provides.”

New York State Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle said, “By working together at all levels of government we can provide the best solutions for New York’s residents and Attorney General Cuomo clearly recognizes that. Attorney General Cuomo has been a great friend to me and to our region, and I thank him for bringing his senior staff to Rochester to learn first hand about the unique issues facing residents here, and I look forward to working closely with his office again in the future.”

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks said, “I am delighted to welcome Attorney General Cuomo and his staff back to Monroe County. This forum provides the public with a valuable opportunity to learn about the many resources the Attorney General’s office has to offer. I would like to thank the Attorney General for coming to Monroe County to talk about the important issues facing our community.”

Monroe County District Attorney Mike Green said, “By making another visit to our area, Attorney General Cuomo is demonstrating his continued commitment to solving the issues facing Monroe County. He and his staff are out here in the community, letting us know about the many resources the Attorney General’s office has to offer while immersing themselves in the issues that are important to all of us.”

Irondequoit Town Supervisor Mary Ellen Heyman said, “By bringing his senior staff to Irondequoit, Attorney General Cuomo is taking the right approach to understanding and solving local problems. Forging strong partnerships at all levels of government is a proven way to best serve the public’s interest.”

West Irondequoit School District Superintendent Jeff Crane said, “Residents of Monroe County are best served when their elected officials are easily accessible.  Attorney General Cuomo is to be commended for making a real effort to speak directly with the people of this region in order to help address the problems that so many are now facing.”

Attorney General Cuomo’s Office continues to hold similar events in other regions across New York state in order to ensure all New Yorkers have access to the office’s resources.