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Post date: May 20 2011

A.G. Schneiderman Appoints Public Integrity Officer To Rochester Regional Office

New Public Integrity Officer Gives Rochester Area Residents a Place to Report Government Corruption Without Fear of Political Influence

Schneiderman Details Initiative To Root Out Government Corruption at All Levels, Restore Confidence in Public Sector


ROCHESTER – 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 appointment of a public integrity officer to serve in the Rochester Regional Office. Hillel Deutsch, of Rochester, will be charged with giving Rochester area residents a place to go to report complaints of government corruption without the fear of local politics influencing the outcome.

“When it comes to local public corruption, the people of Rochester deserve a dedicated cop on the beat. The presence of a public integrity officer here will go a long way to root out corruption and address the concerns of Rochester area residents,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “As Rochester’s public integrity officer, Hillel Deutsch 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 placing 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.

Attorney Hillel Deutsch, opened his own practice in Rochester last year. As a sole practitioner, Deutsch has done a substantial amount of work in the public and private sectors.  During the same period, he assisted the Monroe County District Attorney's office with motions and trials. 

Deutsch began his practice in New York City representing clients in contract and labor disputes and conducted internal investigations focusing on the needs of small businesses in both litigation and arbitration.

Prior to opening up his own practice, Deutsch practiced in the law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel, LLP in New York City. During his years at the firm he worked on billion dollar securities fraud cases, telecommunications issues and also has a broad background in corporate fraud law.

Deutsch is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

As the Public Integrity Officer for the Rochester Regional office, Mr. Deutsch will be the point of contact for the citizens in the Rochester region. He will take confidential complaints from the public, facilitate investigations, and coordinate with the Public Integrity Bureau.

In addition to Rochester, the Attorney General has regional offices in Binghamton, Brooklyn, Harlem, Long Island, Plattsburgh, Poughkeepsie, Buffalo, Syracuse, Utica, Watertown and Westchester.

“From town halls to the state capital, it is essential to bring both a ‘top down’ and ‘bottom-up’ approach to reforming our state and giving taxpayers the government they deserve. We must clean up Albany, but we must also root out possible corruption hidden in the nooks and crannies of local governments and special districts,” added Attorney General Schneiderman.

Citizens in Rochester, who know or suspect cases involving government corruption, are urged to contact Mr. Deutsch at the Attorney General's Rochester Regional Office (585) 546-7430.

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