Letizia Tagliafierro is an experienced practicing attorney who has spent more than 20 years in New York State government service. Appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Ms. Tagliafierro is the New York State Inspector General and New York State Workers’ Compensation Fraud Inspector General, where she is charged with ensuring that New York State government, its employees, and those who work with the State meet the highest standards of honesty, accountability, and efficiency.
Prior to her appointment as Inspector General, Ms. Tagliafierro held Executive Chamber roles including Deputy Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, Special Counsel to the Governor, and Special Counsel for Public Safety. As Special Counsel for Public Safety, Ms. Tagliafierro’s portfolio 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.
Ms. Tagliafierro began practicing law as an Assistant District Attorney with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, starting with misdemeanors and working her way up to major-crimes prosecutions. She then assumed the role of Special Counsel for the New York State Office of the Attorney General. In 2011, Ms. Tagliafierro was named 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. Ms. Tagliafierro also served as Deputy Commissioner for the Criminal Investigations Division at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
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. Ms. Tagliafierro is a life-long New York State resident, originally hailing from Saugerties, New York.