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Post date: June 29 2011

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

New Public Integrity Officer Gives New Yorkers In Central New York 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

SYRACUSE – 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 Attorney General's Syracuse Regional Office. Maureen MacPherson, of Syracuse, 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 Syracuse deserve a dedicated 'cop on the beat.' Having a public integrity officer here will go a long way to root out corruption and address the concerns of Central New York taxpayers,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “As Syracuse’s public integrity officer, Maureen MacPherson 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 to public integrity matters, and will formally link the regional office to the Attorney General’s central Public Integrity Bureau.

Maureen MacPherson has served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Attorney General's office since 2004. For the last several years, she has handled complex litigation involving medical malpractice.  Prior to joining the Attorney General's office, she served as a prosecutor for the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office. MacPherson is a graduate of Syracuse University College of Law.

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

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 Syracuse’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 MacPherson. “We encourage the people of Central New York to contact our office if they know of or suspect cases of government corruption.”

Individuals in Central New York with information about public corruption cases are urged to contact Ms. MacPherson at the Attorney General's Syracuse Regional Office:  (315) 448-4800.

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