Office of the Inspector General

NEW YORK STATE INSPECTOR GENERAL LETIZIA TAGLIAFIERRO

Letizia Tagliafierro was appointed New York State Inspector General in February 2019 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo after serving as Deputy Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, Special Counsel to the Governor and Special Counsel for Public Safety with a portfolio that included the New York State Police, the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Prior to those positions, she served as Deputy Commissioner for the Criminal Investigations Division at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
Ms. Tagliafierro also previously served as Director of Investigations and Enforcement and subsequently as Executive Director of the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics with oversight of New York State’s ethics and lobbying laws including complex investigations involving public officers as well as members of both the Executive and Legislative branches of State government. Previously, Ms. Tagliafierro also served as Special Counsel for the New York State Attorney General and as an Assistant District Attorney in Erie County prosecuting major crimes.
Ms. Tagliafierro received her law degree from Albany Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany.

 

 

ACTING WELFARE INSPECTOR GENERAL AND WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD INSPECTOR GENERAL CATHERINE LEAHY SCOTT

Catherine Leahy Scott has been New York State Acting Welfare Inspector General since October 2012, and the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Inspector General since February 2015. She served as the New York State Inspector General from February 2012 until February 2019.  
Previously, Ms. Leahy Scott served as an Assistant Attorney General for New York State, investigating and prosecuting criminal matters with an emphasis on white-collar fraud and public integrity cases.  In addition, Ms. Leahy Scott spent five years in the general practice of law as a sole  practitioner in Columbia County.  She served more than thirteen years at the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, eight of which as Chief Assistant District Attorney.  In that role, Ms. Leahy Scott investigated and prosecuted all levels of crimes, created new and innovative court-affiliated drug treatment programs, and supervised all prosecutors working within the office.  During that time, Ms. Leahy Scott was appointed a member of the New York State Committee for Establishing Protocols for Forensic Child Interviews, and was a member of the both the State and National District Attorneys’ Associations.
Prior to her time at the Columbia County District Attorney’s office, Ms. Leahy Scott also served as a Columbia County Assistant Public Defender.
Ms. Leahy Scott received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University, where she was named Hofstra University’s Woman of the Year in 1981, and her law degree from the Hofstra University School of Law.