Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- As part of his effort to crack down on corruption and restore the public's trust in government, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Tuesday announced the appointment of a public integrity officer to serve in the Attorney General's Buffalo Regional Office.
Rose McMorrow, of Buffalo, 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 local public corruption, the people of Buffalo 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 Western New York’s taxpayers,” said Schneiderman. “As Buffalo’s public integrity officer, Rose McMorrow 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 plan to restore confidence in the public sector, 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.
McMorrow has served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Attorney General's office since October 2007, handling cases in the Sex Offender Management Bureau. Prior to joining the Attorney General's office, she served for five years as an Assistant District Attorney in Erie County prosecuting public corruption and white collar criminal cases. As an ADA, McMorrow participated in the prosecution of a case against a City of Buffalo Public Works official who was charged with taking gifts from companies who were awarded contracts with the city. Before serving at the District Attorney's office, McMorrow worked as an associate for the litigation department for the Phillips Lytle Law Firm. McMorrow graduated from the University at Buffalo Law School.
In addition to Buffalo, the Attorney General has regional offices outside of New York City in Binghamton, Long Island, Plattsburgh, Poughkeepsie, 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,” Schneiderman said.
Citizens in Western New York, who know of or suspect cases involving government corruption, are urged to contact McMorrow at the Attorney General's Buffalo Regional Office at: (716) 853-8400.