Cuomo Appoints Robert Fiske And Michael Armstrong As Special Advisors For The State Police Investigation

NEW YORK, NY (April 9, 2008) - Attorney General Cuomo has appointed Robert Fiske, Esq. and Michael Armstrong, Esq. as special advisors to the Attorney General’s recently commenced investigation of the New York State Police. Last week Governor David Paterson requested that the Attorney General conduct an investigation of possible political interference within the State Police.

Attorney General Cuomo said, “No two lawyers are better qualified in the country than Robert Fiske and Michael Armstrong. They have decades of experience and wisdom investigating corruption at the highest levels of government. Fiske and Armstrong will play a vital role in advising the team we are assembling to fully uncover the truth of this matter. Our goal is to conduct a thorough, fair and objective examination and follow the facts wherever they lead.”

Robert Fiske, a partner at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, said, “I look forward to working with the Attorney General’s Office in conducting this important investigation in an absolutely impartial and thorough manner.”

Michael Armstrong, a partner at the law firm of Howrey LLP, said, “Obviously, this investigation is extremely important, and I am pleased to be of help.”

Robert Fiske has had extensive experience as a government prosecutor, including serving as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1976 to 1980 where he oversaw numerous high profile public corruption investigations. Fiske also served as Independent Counsel in the Whitewater
Investigation from January to October 1994. He was appointed by New York State Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to serve as Chairman of a Judicial Commission on Drugs and the Courts, and by the 5th Circuit Judicial Council to investigate allegations of misconduct by a District Judge.

Fiske is currently a senior member of the Litigation Department at Davis Polk & Wardwell. At the firm, he has represented many major U.S. companies in Justice Department and SEC investigations and in private securities litigation. He also has extensive products liability experience and has represented numerous law firms in professional liability matters.

Michael Armstrong has also had a long and distinguished record of work involving public corruption investigations. Mr.Armstrong was Chief Counsel to the “Knapp Commission,” which investigated the New York City Police Department. The Commission’s final report exposed widespread corruption within the police force and issued new procedures to reform the Department. He has also served as the Queens County District Attorney and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was Chief of the Securities Fraud Unit.

Armstrong has also been appointed to numerous governmental investigative positions. He is currently the Chairman of the Commission to Combat Police Corruption in New York City. He was also counsel to an investigation of allegations against a New York Supreme Court Justice, part of a committee appointed to oversee the New York City Police Department’s re-investigation of the 1989 Central Park Jogger case and member of a committee appointed by then New York State Attorney General, Oliver Koppell, to evaluate his office’s organization and procedures.