On July 2, 2013, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo appointed Regina Calcaterra as the Executive Director of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. The Commission was established “to probe systemic public corruption and the appearance of such corruption in state government, political campaigns and elections in New York State”. The Commission will also make recommendations to reform any weaknesses uncovered in existing State laws, regulations and procedures.
The previous year, in November 2012, Governor Cuomo appointed Regina as the Executive Director of the Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response which was established to investigate the response, preparation, and management of New York’s power utility companies with respect to several major storms impacting the State including Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee and to review and make appropriate recommendations regarding the state’s energy agencies.
As Executive Director, Regina managed a staff of energy policy experts and litigators as she worked under the guidance of the Moreland Commission’s prestigious Commissioners. On January 7, 2013 the Commission released its Interim Report which identified options for consideration regarding the restructuring of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It also put forth recommendations on strengthening the regulatory oversight of the NYS Public Service Commission and many of those recommendations were enacted in law in 2013.
In June 2013, the Commission issued its final report which disclosed LIPA’s financial irregularities and lack of oversight and accountability. It also provided policy recommendations on investment infrastructure, energy efficiency programs and consumer representation before the state’s utility regulatory body and outlined its investigatory findings of all New York’s utilities responses to the most recent devastating storms.
In January 2012, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone appointed Regina the first woman to serve as Chief Deputy County Executive. Upon taking office, the County Executive was faced with a budget deficit exceeding $500 million dollars. With a substantially reduced management staff, Regina assisted the County Executive in addressing the county's fiscal challenges by workforce reduction, employee concessions, streamlining and restructuring government services, merging government agencies and working closely with the State Legislature and the Governor to identify and implement revenue generating initiatives to reduce the budget deficit. Under the direction of the County Executive, Regina also administers the day to day operations of a 9,600 employee workforce and oversees a $2.7 billion budget that serves a population exceeding 1.6 million residents. Alongside the Suffolk County’s emergency response leaders, Regina managed the emergency preparedness and storm response recovery for Superstorm Sandy.
Regina served as partner to Barrack, Rodos & Bacine an internationally recognized corporate fraud litigation firm, representing US and European public employee pension funds in cases where those funds have been defrauded. Among cases on which she worked, Regina was part of the team that represented the New York State Common Retirement Fund in the lawsuits against WorldCom- litigation which led to a historic $6.13 Billion recovery - and McKesson/HBOC which led to recovery of more than $1 billion to injured investors. More recently, she was on the litigation team that recovered over $500 million from Merrill Lynch resulting from their role in the mortgage crisis. Her early career included successfully advocating for public policy issues on the national, state and local levels regarding disabled veterans, all people with disabilities, accessible transportation, prevailing wage, municipal revenue generating initiatives and streamlining of government operations.
Since November 2012, Kelly Donovan has been the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice in the Office of the New York State Attorney General. She is responsible for overseeing the Criminal Division’s five bureaus, including Public Integrity, Criminal Prosecutions, Taxpayer Protection, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Organized Crime Task Force. She joined the New York State Attorney General’s Office in September 2011 as Chief of Criminal Investigations for the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, overseeing and coordinating all of the division’s prosecutorial efforts statewide. Ms. Donovan previously served as First Deputy Inspector General in the New York State Office of the Inspector General where, beginning in 2007, she was responsible for investigations into misconduct, fraud and waste involving State agencies, public authorities and its employees. Ms. Donovan was also chairperson of the working group of the New York State Stimulus Oversight Panel. Prior to working with the Inspector General, Ms. Donovan was Deputy Chief of the Labor Racketeering Unit of the New York County District Attorney’s Office and a member of the Sex Crimes and Domestic Violence Units in its Trial Division which she joined in 1993. Ms. Donovan is member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on White Collar Crime and on the New York State Justice Task Force. Ms. Donovan is a graduate of Boston College and the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.
John Amodeo is Deputy Counsel at the New York State Office of the Attorney General where he shares responsibility for OAG's legislative agenda and previously served as the agency's Chief Ethics Officer. Prior to joining OAG, Mr. Amodeo served as Chief Counsel to the New York State Senate's Committee on Codes. In 2007 and 2008, he served as Counsel to the New York State Commission on Sentencing Reform, and prior to that served for several years as Assistant Deputy Counsel for Criminal Justice for the Office of Court Administration. During his tenure with OCA, Mr. Amodeo served as Counsel to the Chief Administrative Judge’s Advisory Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure, Co-Counsel to the Chief Judge's Commission on the Future of Indigent Defense Services and Co-Counsel to the Chief Judge's Task Force on the Future of Probation in New York State. Prior to joining OCA, Mr. Amodeo served for four years as Associate Counsel to the New York State Assembly's Committee on Codes. From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Amodeo served as Law Secretary to Judge Harold B. Beeler in the NYC Criminal Court and the Special Narcotics Part of State Supreme Court. Mr. Amodeo began his legal career as a Staff Attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan. He is a cum laude graduate of the New England School of Law in Boston, MA.