Governor seeks resignations of executive director and board, names new chariman
The Albany Times Union by JAMES M. ODATO - May 13, 2009
ALBANY, NEW YORK - Gov. David Paterson today asked the executive director and board of commissioners of the embattled Commission on Public Integrity to resign and named security executive Michael Cherkasky to take over as chairman. Paterson's announcement came on the same day the state Inspector General issued a report slamming the commission's executive director, Herbert Teitelbaum, for leaking secrets about the commission's investigation of the Spitzer administration's disclosure of Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno's travel records to administration officials. "This report finds there has been widespread and continued violation of the public trust," Paterson told reporters this afternoon. "Their actions were inexcusable." Paterson called allegations of leaks about the secret investigation "alarming" and said a change in leadership would allow a "start fresh with a new commission." Paterson said he was asking all of his appointees to the commission's board to resign and urged the rest of the board and Teitelbaum to also step down. Paterson said Cherkasky would bring to the job skills both as an investigator and a reformer.
Cherkasky, a former lawyer in the Manhattan district attorney's office, currently serves as CEO of U.S. Investigations Services Inc. Paterson tapped Cherkasky for the post to fill the vacancy left by John Feerick, who resigned in February. Cherkasky's resume includes 16 years as a trial lawyer, administrator, and investigator. He worked as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He then became an assistant district attorney in New York County. While in the district attorney's office, Cherkasky led the rackets bureau and investigated mobsters, as well as the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.