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Cuomo appoints ethics panel members

ALBANY -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tapped three people to serve on the board of the state's chief ethics agency that oversees everything from the conduct of current and former state workers to the activities of Albany's large lobbying industry.

Here's the release his office just put out:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the following appointments to the Commission on Public Integrity:

Mitra Hormozi is appointed to serve as Chairperson of the Commission. Ms. Hormozi spent more than six years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she was the Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. Ms. Hormozi successfully prosecuted numerous high profile and difficult cases, including the conviction at trial of the Boss of the Bonnano Crime Family and the conviction at trial of the 2006 "Mafia Cops" case, involving two retired police detectives who acted as hit men for the mob. For her work as a federal prosecutor, Ms. Hormozi received numerous top law enforcement awards. After leaving the U.S. Attorney's Office, Ms. Hormozi served in the New York Attorney General's Office where she coordinated major initiatives related to public integrity and consumer fraud, and had oversight of regional office initiatives. In addition, Ms. Hormozi was responsible for the investigation of former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, and was designated as Special Assistant United States Attorney in connection with a federal prosecution of Mr. Espada. Earlier in her career, Ms. Hormozi was an associate in the litigation department of Kronish, Lieb, Weiner & Hellman, and served as an Honors Attorney for the United States Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Hormozi is a graduate of the University of Michigan and New York University School of Law.

Richard J. Bartlett is appointed to serve as a member of the Commission. Mr. Bartlett is a partner at Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes PC in Glens Falls. He concentrates his practice on general litigation in Federal and State Courts. Mr. Bartlett was a Member and Chair of the New York State Board of Law Examiners. He is a former Dean and Professor of Law of Albany Law School of Union University. Mr. Bartlett was a New York State Supreme Court Justice and was Chief Administrative Judge of New York. Mr. Bartlett served as a Delegate to the New York Constitutional Convention in 1967 and was Chair of the New York Penal Law Revision Commission. Mr. Bartlett was a Member of the New York Assembly from 1959-1966, and was minority whip in his last year. Mr. Bartlett received the first Charles Evans Hughes Award presented by the Warren County Bar Association for his outstanding dedication to the law and public service in 2002. In 2004, he received the New York State Bar Association Gold Medal, the association's highest award. Mr. Bartlett was a Captain in the United States Air Force, JAG during the Korean War.

Mr. Bartlett graduated from Georgetown University and received his LLB from Harvard Law School.

Vernon Broderick is appointed to serve as a member of the Commission. Mr. Broderick is a partner at Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP who concentrates his practice on white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, regulatory investigations and proceedings, and business litigation. Mr. Broderick's practice also includes representing clients in civil business litigation, many of which are parallel or related proceedings filed in connection with criminal and regulatory matters. Mr. Broderick also handles complex civil cases, including matters involving breach of fiduciary duty and securities fraud. Mr. Broderick was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York for eight years. While at the United States Attorney's Office, he served as chief of the Violent Gangs Unit.

Mr. Broderick graduated from Yale University, and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

The Commission on Public Integrity consists of thirteen members: seven members, including the Chair are selected by the Governor and six members are appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Attorney General, the Comptroller, and the four Legislative leaders. No more than four of the seven members appointed by the Governor can belong to the same political party.

These appointees will not receive a salary and their appointments do not require Senate confirmation.

-- Tom Precious

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