Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the State Senate unanimously confirmed Carolyn Pokorny as the new MTA Inspector General. Ms. Pokorny is a career federal prosecutor who has worked at the highest levels of the U.S. Justice Department, where she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, and has prosecuted high profile public corruption cases to root out all types of fraud.
"The MTA finally has the management and money it needs to perform, and now more than ever the Office of the MTA Inspector General will be central to ensuring the agency runs efficiently and effectively," Governor Cuomo said. "Carolyn is a brilliant and dedicated career prosecutor and her leadership at the MTA will do untold good for its customers and all New Yorkers."
Carolyn Pokorny began her career as a federal prosecutor in the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney's Office, where she headed the Office's narcotics and money laundering program. There, she devised a national strategy for charging the leaders of Mexico's most powerful cocaine cartels, including drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, and led the international investigation that resulted in the conviction of over 30 leaders of Colombia's "Norte Valle" cartel on charges of murder, operating a continuing criminal enterprise, money laundering and drug trafficking. Because of her work on that case, she received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, and the Federal Drug Agents Foundation "True American Hero" award. Ms. Pokorny eventually became the Office's Senior Litigation Counsel for Public Integrity.
In 2011, Ms. Pokorny joined U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch's Executive team as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division overseeing over 100 criminal AUSAs in all areas, including fraud and corruption. In 2015 when President Obama tapped Loretta Lynch to be his Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice, Ms. Pokorny served as her Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor and a senior advisor on the management of the Department's 110,000 employees and myriad agencies, from the ATF and DEA, to the FBI and Bureau of Prisons.
Carolyn Pokorny most recently served as Special Counsel for Public Integrity in the Executive Chamber and Chief Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk and Compliance for New York State.
The independent Office of the MTA Inspector General monitors the activities of the MTA in order to ensure a safe, reliable, clean and affordable public transportation system in New York City. The Inspector General conducts audits to help make MTA systems and operations work at optimal effectiveness and efficiency, and also conducts investigations to root out fraud, abuse and other wrongdoing by those who work for or do business with the MTA. Through its investigations, audits and other studies, the Inspector General helps the MTA improve its performance and enhance the quality, efficiency, effectiveness and safety of its agencies' operations.