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Commission Members

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.

Members of the Commission on Public Integrity are:

Michael G. Cherkasky is Chairman of the Commission on Public Integrity. He also is Chief Executive Officer for Altegrity. For the past 25 years, Mr. Cherkasky has supported the law enforcement community in numerous oversight and policy development roles.

For the past eight years, Mr. Cherkasky also has served as the Independent Monitor for the Los Angeles Police Department, using his extensive career as an attorney and experience with the law enforcement community to lead an official oversight board.

Early in his career, he served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and later became an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, where he served as a trial attorney, Trial Bureau Chief, Chief of the Rackets Bureau, and Chief of the Investigations Division.

In 1994, Mr. Cherkasky joined Kroll, Inc., and founded and led Kroll Monitoring Services. When Kroll, Inc. was acquired by Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., Mr. Cherkasky was appointed President and CEO. He held this position until 2008, and joined Altegrity in July 2008 in the same capacity.

Mr. Cherkasky earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve.

Virginia M. Apuzzo has served in a number of government positions at the State and federal level. She served in the administration of President Bill Clinton as Assistant to the President for Management and Administration, prior to which she was Associate Deputy Secretary in the United States Department of Labor, where she provided policy guidance and operating program direction to Assistant Secretaries and Office Directors on issues of national significance.

Before joining the federal government, Ms. Apuzzo was a Commissioner and President of the New York State Civil Service Commission, responsible for decision making affecting 189,000 State employees and 350,000 municipal employees, regarding titles, salary levels and minimum qualifications for classified service positions. Earlier, she had served as Executive Deputy Commissioner of the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal; Deputy Executive Director of the State Consumer Protection Board; Governor's Liaison to the Lesbian and Gay Community; Vice-Chair of the AIDS Advisory Council within the State Department of Health; Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Executive Director of the Fund for Human Dignity; Executive Director of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings for the City of New York; and Assistant Commissioner in the Office of Operations at the Department of Health for the City of New York.

Ms. Apuzzo has been a Tenured Lecturer at the Brooklyn College School of Education. She received her B.S. from the State University of New York College of New Paltz and her M.S. in Urban Education from Fordham University.

John M. Brickman is a partner in the law firm of Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman and Limmer, LLP, of Great Neck, New York. He is the head of the firm's litigation group, practicing primarily in the area of commercial litigation. From 1971 to 1975, he served as Executive Director of the New York City Board of Correction, overseeing the operation of the New York City prison system. He served from 2005 to 2008 as Chairman of the Correctional Association of New York and remains a Director of the Association, which was founded in 1844 to visit and monitor New York State prisons. He also is a Director of the Levitt Foundation and a Director of the Long Island Medical Foundation. Mr. Brickman is a member of the National Roster of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. From 2005 to 2009, he was a Director of the Nassau Health Care Corporation, and from 1992 to 1994 he served as a Trustee of The Johns Hopkins University and President of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association. From 1991 to 2006, he was Adjunct Professor of Law at Touro College's Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He writes and speaks on issues relating to civilian oversight of prisons and jails, and presents continuing legal education programs for lawyers.

Mr. Brickman received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

Andrew G. Celli, Jr. is a founding partner in the Manhattan Law firm of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Celli served as Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau in the Office of the New York State Attorney General. Mr. Celli is a former associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and clerked for Judge Charles P. Sifton of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He has extensively experience in litigating commercial, civil rights and constitutional cases in State and federal courts.

In 2004, Mr. Celli was appointed as a member of the New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying and served as the Commission's Vice-Chair. He is a graduate of Hobart College and New York University School of Law where he served as a member of the Law Review.

Richard D. Emery is a founding partner in the Manhattan Law firm of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP. His practice focuses on civil rights, election law, commercial litigation, intellectual property, and entertainment. Mr. Emery enjoys a national reputation as a litigator, trying cases at all levels, from the United States Supreme Court to federal and State appellate and trial courts in New York, Washington, D.C., California, Washington state, and others.

Prior to forming Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, Mr. Emery had his own firm and was a partner at Lankenau Kovner & Pickford, where he successfully challenged the structure of the New York City Board of Estimate under the one-person, one-vote doctrine, resulting in the Supreme Court's unanimous invalidation of the Board on constitutional grounds. Before then, he was a staff attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union and Director of the Institutional Legal Services Project in Washington state, which represented persons held in juvenile prison and mental health facilities. Mr. Emery served as law clerk to the Honorable Gus J. Solomon of the U.S. District Court for the district of Washington. Mr. Emery was a member of Governor Cuomo's Commission on Integrity in Government, sat on Governor Eliot Spitzer's Transition Committee for Government Reform Issues and was appointed to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. He has also taught at the New York University and University of Washington schools of law.

Mr. Emery received the I Love an Ethical New York Award from Common Cause in October 2000. He received his B.A. from Brown University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Hon. James P. King retired as a Brigadier General from the United States Marine Corps after 22 years of active duty. In his last assignment, he was the Corps' top ranking member of JAG. His subsequent career has included positions as a law clerk and law professor at Stetson University Law School. In 1983, he was appointed an Assistant Attorney General and served there until 1990 when he ran for and was elected to the New York State Assembly. He was the ranking minority member of both the Codes Committee and the Legislative Ethics Committee.

In 1995 he was appointed as a Judge of the Court of Claims where he served until his retirement from the Bench in 2000. Shortly thereafter, he joined the New York Department of State as General Counsel. After his retirement in 2002, he continued his adjunct teaching position at Albany Law School and became the Government Law Center's first Government Lawyer in Residence. He currently is the Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Siena College. He served as a Commissioner on the Public Authorities Reform Commission and as member and Chair of the New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying.

Judge King received a B.A. from Westminster College, an LLB from Albany Law School and an LLM from George Washington Law School.

Steven C. Krane is a partner in Proskauer Rose LLP in New York City, concentrating in representing lawyers and law firms in legal ethics and professional liability matters. He is Co-Chair of the firm's Law Firm Practice Group, and serves as General Counsel. A 1981 graduate of the New York University School of Law, he served as law clerk to Judge Judith S. Kaye of the New York Court of Appeals from 1984 to 1985.

Mr. Krane was the Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. He was President of the New York State Bar Association during 2001-02, and was chair of the NYSBA Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct and its predecessor from 1995 to 2010. Mr. Krane served as a member of the NYSBA Committee on Professional Ethics, the New York City Bar's Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics, including three years as Chair. He is a member of the Policy Committee of the Bar Issues Commission of the International Bar Association, and is Vice-Chair of the IBA Committee on Multidisciplinary Practices.

Mr. Krane has been both member and Chair of Hearing Panels of the First Judicial Department in New York, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is currently a Special Referee for disciplinary cases in the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. He has written and lectured extensively on attorney ethics issues, and taught professional responsibility at the Columbia University School of Law from 1989 to 1992.

Hon. Howard A. Levine is Senior Counsel at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP. From 1993 to 2002 he was an Associate Judge on the New York State Court of Appeals and from 2000 to 2002 he was Chair of the New York Federal-State Judicial Council. Judge Levine served as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department from 1982 to 1993. In 1981, Judge Levine was a Justice of the State Supreme Court, Fourth Judicial District. Judge Levine also has been a Family Court Judge. Judge Levine was the District Attorney for Schenectady County from 1967 to 1970.

In 2000, Judge Levine was the recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Federal Commercial Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association and in 2003 he received the Bar Association's Annual Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service in the Law.

Judge Levine received his B.A. and LLB from Yale University.

Loretta E. Lynch is a partner at Hogan & Hartson, LLP. Her practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and corporate compliance issues. From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Lynch served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. During her tenure, she oversaw an office of more than 150 attorneys who represented the federal government in both civil and criminal matters. Prior to being named U.S. Attorney, Ms. Lynch served as the Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District. She also served as Chief of the office's Long Island office from 1994 to 1998, after serving as the Deputy Chief of General Crimes and as Chief of Intake and Arraignments for the district. Ms. Lynch has been a frequent instructor for the U.S. Department of Justice in their Criminal Trial Advocacy Program and has served as an Adjunct Professor at St. John's University School of Law. She has also participated in trial advocacy workshops for the prosecutors of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and served as Special Counsel to the Prosecutor of the ICTR.

Ms. Lynch is a Member of the Boards of The Legal Aid Society, the Office of the Appellate Defender and the National Institute for Law and Equity. Ms. Lynch is also a Member of the Board of Advisors for the Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law. She is a former Member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Ms. Lynch received her A.B. from Harvard College in 1981, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984.

John T. Mitchell is counsel to the law firm of Thorn Gershon Tymann & Bonanni, LLP. Prior to that, Mr. Mitchell was a partner with the law firms of Tobin and Dempf, LLP and Casey, Yanas and Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell was Counsel to the Town of Bethlehem Planning Board from 1989 to 1990 and was a member of the Planning Board in 1988.

Mr. Mitchell was a member of the New York State Public Employment Relations Board from 1999 to 2006. He is a founding member of the Albany County Bar Foundation, a past President of the Albany County Bar Association, and a past member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association.

He received his A.B. from Canisius College and his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.

Joseph A. Spinelli is co-founder and COO of Daylight Forensic & Advisory LLC. Earlier in his career, Mr. Spinelli was a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Governor Mario Cuomo appointed him as New York State's first Inspector General. Mr. Spinelli also served New York State as Assistant Director of Criminal Justice. After leaving State service, Mr. Spinelli joined a "Big Four" accounting firm as a principal in 1994, founding its forensic practice.

Mr. Spinelli earned a Bachelor's Degree from Ricker College and graduated from the John Marshall Law School. In 2004, he was elected to the Board of Regents of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.


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