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

New Public Integrity Officer Gives New Yorkers In The Mohawk Valley 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

UTICA – 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 appointment of a public integrity officer to serve in the Attorney General's Utica Regional Office. Joel Marmelstein, a life-long resident of Utica, 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 Mohawk Valley 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 local taxpayers,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “As Utica’s public integrity officer, Joel Marmelstein 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 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.

Joel Marmelstein has served as the Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Attorney General's Utica Regional office since 1999.  During his tenure, he handled hundreds of consumer fraud cases while also supervising the Attorney General's Utica Regional Office. 

Prior to joining the Attorney General's office, he worked in private practice in Utica for over 20 years. He has a wide variety of legal experience which is needed when examining allegations of wrongdoing involving taxpayer money or government entities. Marmelstein is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Washington University Law School.  

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

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