ALBANY, NY and YONKERS, NY — December 13, 2011 — Governor Andrew Cuomo has designated Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore to chair the new Joint Commission on Public Ethics. The commission will be entrusted to scrutinize New York State’s lobbying industry and their interaction with elected officials. By accepting this new role, DiFiore is saddled with the formidable challenges and responsibility of the Office of Westchester Country District Attorney and the Joint Commission of Public Ethics.
DiFiore is a person competent and able to balance the responsibilities both efforts will demand and exact.
As chair of the newly formed Joint Commission on Public Ethics, DiFiore and 13 colleagues will have purview of New York State’s entire lobbying industry and elected officials, including the governor himself.
“You can’t do better in terms of credentials than a sitting district attorney who is sworn to enforce the law and has an impeccable track record in doing so,” advised Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto