CPI Charges Two with Ethics Violations

CPI Charges Two with Ethics Violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2011
CONTACT: Walter C. Ayres
                     518-474-4418

ALBANY – The New York State Commission on Public Integrity today announced that it has charged a senior official at the Westchester County Health Care Corporation (WCHCC) with accepting two tickets to a Yankees baseball game.

Julie Switzer, an Executive Vice President/General Counsel at the hospital, was charged with accepting the tickets from an employee of Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP, a law firm seeking to do business with WCHCC. Ms. Switzer has agreed to pay $1,000 to the Commission to settle the case.

In another matter, the Commission announced that it has charged Robin Korherr with violating the State code of ethics when she used her State position in an attempt to obtain the position of Fiduciary Agent for the Port of Buffalo, Port Security Working Group, to perform the same duties she had been performing on behalf of the State agency where she was employed. Korherr had been a Disaster Preparedness Program Representative for the Office of Homeland Security, a predecessor of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

Mitra Hormozi, Chair of the Commission, noted that Ms. Switzer “admitted violating the law, took full responsibility for her actions, and cooperated fully with the Commission’s investigation.”

Copies of the Notices of Reasonable Cause and the Disposition Agreement are available on-line at http://www.nyintegrity.org/enforcement/.