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Post date: June 7 2011

A.G. Schneiderman Appoints Public Integrity Officers To Nassau And Suffolk County Regional Offices

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

New Public Integrity Officers Give Long Island Residents a Place to Report Government Corruption Without Fear of Political Influence

Schneiderman: Public Corruption At Any Level Is A Betrayal Of The Public Trust & Will Not Be Tolerated

MELVILLE – 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 appointments of public integrity officers to serve in Long Island’s two regional offices. In Nassau and Suffolk Counties, respectively, Victoria Safran and Kimberly Kinirons will be charged with giving Long Island 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, Long Islanders deserve a dedicated cop on the beat, and Victoria and Kimberly will be those cops,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “They will focus exclusively on rooting out abuse and fraud by public officials so that New Yorkers can have confidence that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely and everyone is playing by the same set of rules. No matter the scope, government corruption is a betrayal of the public trust and will not be tolerated by my office.”

As part of his sweeping reform initiative to restore confidence in the public sector, Attorney General Schneiderman is placing public integrity officers in each of his regional offices across the state to police local government corruption. The officers will take confidential complaints from the public, facilitate investigations, and coordinate with the Public Integrity Bureau. The regional appointments are part of the Attorney General’s statewide initiative to bolster the focus and resources employed to address waste, fraud, and corruption at all levels of government, and will formally link the regional offices to the Attorney General’s central Public Integrity Bureau.

Victoria Safran has served an Assistant Attorney General since 2004, and has focused on public advocacy issues. Ms. Safran has investigated and built cases to stop deceptive business practices and fraud in consumer, Internet, mortgage, securities and charities transactions. In 2007, Ms. Safran was awarded the office’s Lefkowitz Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance.

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office, Ms. Safran worked in the public sector concentrating on business litigation. She served as Associate and Counsel at Nixon Peabody LLP, from 1987 through 1996, and with Solizinger Grosz and Goldwasser from 1984 through 1987. Ms. Safran is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law and Carnegie-Mellon University.

Kimberly Kinirons joined the Attorney General’s office as an Assistant Attorney General in November 2006, and has worked in the Division of State Counsel to represent New York, its agencies and employees. Prior to joining the office, Ms. Kinirons served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s office from 1996 through 2006. As part of the Trial Division, Ms. Kinirons investigated, indicted and prosecuted defendants for a variety of crimes, including murder, assault, major theft and fraud.

In 1995, Ms. Kinirons served as a law clerk with both the Honorable Judith A. Rossiter, Ithaca City Court and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York. She is a graduate of Cornell University Law School and the State University of New York at Cortland College.

The appointment of public integrity officers is the latest in a series of steps the Attorney General has taken to improve trust in government. In January, he established the Taxpayer Protection Bureau to better police the waste of taxpayer dollars. Last month, through an initiative with the State Comptroller, he expanded the Attorney General’s authority to pursue cases of abuse and corruption in the spending of government funds.

In addition to the two on Long Island, the Attorney General has regional offices in, Binghamton, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Harlem, , Rochester, 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,” Attorney General Schneiderman said.

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