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Post date: June 29 2011

A.G. Schneiderman Appoints Albany Public Integrity Officer To Combat Corruption

Newly Designated Public Integrity Officer Gives New Yorkers In Capital Region 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

ALBANY – 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 designation of a public integrity officer to serve in the Attorney General's Albany Office. Colleen Glavin, of Albany, 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 the Capital Region deserve a dedicated 'cop on the beat.' Designating a public integrity officer here will go a long way to root out corruption and address the concerns of local taxpayers,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “As Albany’s public integrity officer, Colleen Glavin 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 designating 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.

Colleen Glavin currently handles public integrity matters as an Assistant Attorney General in the Albany office. Previously, Glavin served as counsel in the Codes Committee of the New York State Senate, which oversees criminal and civil justice legislation. Glavin also served an Assistant District Attorney in the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office and St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted felonies, misdemeanors, and violations of the law in both local and county court. Glavin is a graduate of Albany Law School of Union University.

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 Albany’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,” said Glavin. “We encourage the people of the Capital Region to contact our office if they know of or suspect cases of government corruption.”

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

Individuals in the Capital Region with information about public corruption cases are urged to contact Ms. Glavin at the Attorney General's Albany Office: (518) 474-4096.

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