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Post date: June 29 2011

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

New Public Integrity Officer Gives New Yorkers In The North Country 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

WATERTOWN – 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 Watertown Regional Office. Deanna R. Nelson, of Rodman, 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 in the North Country 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 Watertown’s public integrity officer, Deanna Nelson 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.

Deanna R. Nelson, has served as the Assistant Attorney General in Charge at the Attorney General's Watertown Regional office since 2008.  Ms. Nelson is a graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law and has practiced in the field of litigation since 1993.  She worked with the law firm of Woods, Oviatt, Gilman LLP in Rochester, New York and then relocated to Watertown where she has worked for the firms of Maloney, Schell & Eisenhauer, Nelson Law Office and  Golberg Segalla LLP. She is a resident of Rodman, New York, where she lives with her three children.

In addition to Watertown, the Attorney General has regional offices outside of New York City in Buffalo, Long Island, Plattsburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, Utica 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 Watertown’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 Nelson. “We encourage the people of the North Country to contact our office if they know of or suspect cases of government corruption.”

Individuals in the North Country with information about public corruption cases are urged to contact Ms. Nelson at the Attorney General's Watertown Regional Office: (315) 785-2444.

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