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Joint Commission on Public Ethics names new executive director

ALBANY - The Joint Commission on Public Ethics named Letizia Tagliafierro as the agency’s new executive director. Executive Director Tagliafierro’s appointment follows a nationwide recruitment effort that entailed advertisements in top legal publications and news papers, leading to more than 70 resumes received and reviewed.

An executive director appointment must include support from Commissioners representing both political parties in both the executive and legislative branches of State government. The Joint Commission’s executive director reports to the 14 appointed commissioners, six of whom are appointed by the Governor and eight by the leaders of the Legislature. The Commission’s members are evenly split among the two major political parties.

“Letizia will be an outstanding executive director. Her leadership skills, integrity, commitment to public service and her diverse background in government made her a terrific choice for Executive Director,” said Commission Chair Daniel J. Horwitz. “The Commission is looking forward to continuing its important role of working to restore trust in our State government. Through increased transparency, compliance training and enforcement, our public officials and those hoping to influence government decisions will be held accountable.”

Prior to today’s appointment as Executive Director, Ms. Tagliafierro served as the Joint Commission’s Director of Investigations and Enforcement. In that role since mid-2012, she oversaw all investigative and enforcement matters, including the first ever independent ethics investigation of a sitting legislator for violating the State’s Public Officers Law

“I feel privileged to have had the chance to work with this Commission for more than a year and am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges of my new role,” Executive Director Tagliafierro said. “Compliance with State ethics and lobbying laws are clearly a top priority for all New Yorkers and it remains my goal as a public servant to earn and exceed the trust placed in usto promote integrity in government.”

Before joining the Joint Commission, Ms. Tagliafierro’s career spanned a variety of roles in public service,including eight years as an Assistant District Attorney in Erie County after four years as a Legislative Assistant to former State Senator Serphin Maltese.