Mayor Adams Appoints Elizabeth Crotty as Business Integrity Commission Commissioner and Chair

March 18, 2022

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Crotty as Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Business Integrity Commission (BIC). BIC’s mission is to ensure that commercial waste and wholesale businesses, historically plagued by corruption and links to organized crime, conduct their businesses safely and with integrity. Crotty was previously a founding partner of Crotty Saland, PC. Crotty has a proven track record of successfully handling high-level corruption, fraud, extortion and money laundering cases.

“From day one, my administration has been committed to transparency and accountability to establish a culture that adheres to the highest standards of integrity and good governance, and Liz Crotty’s appointment is part of that work,” he said Mayor Eric Adams. “Liz Crotty brings more than 20 years of criminal trial experience to support New York City in its mission to ensure companies in the commercial waste industry and wholesale food distribution business conduct their businesses with integrity and honesty. Commissioner and Chair Crotty has a proven track record of managing the most complex and complicated cases and I look forward to working with her.”

Mayor Adams has made it clear that his administration is guided by the values ​​of accountability, transparency and adherence to the highest ethical standards. To that end, the administration undertook a reorganization to consolidate key ethics and enforcement agencies into a single portfolio under the Chief Counsel, including BIC, the Human Rights Commission, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the Commission to Combat Police Corruption, the newly formed created the Mayor’s Office of Risk Management and Compliance, Office for the Administrative Justice Coordinator, and the Mayor’s Judiciary Committee. The Chief Counsel’s Office also conducts an extensive and mandatory legal and ethics training program for all Mayor’s Office staff, which began even before the administration took office. These steps, together with today’s announcement, underscore the government’s deep commitment to the principles of good governance.

Mayor Adams also recently signed Executive Order 6, which reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to transparency of free speech, particularly as it relates to the sharing of information by government agencies. The order was based on recommendations from a Social Justice Commission headed by civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, which submitted its report to the mayor last month.

“Liz Crotty is a seasoned and accomplished attorney and leader who knows how to get results in government,” she said Chief Counsel to the Mayor and City Hall Brendan McGuire. “The Business Integrity Commission will play a crucial role in ensuring those doing business in the city do so fairly and transparently, and Liz is the right person to lead the agency into its next chapter. Her appointment is another example of the Mayor’s commitment to instilling a culture of good governance and accountability in this administration.”

“I am honored by Mayor Adams’ confidence in me to lead this unique law enforcement and regulatory agency and ensure that commercial waste and wholesale businesses conduct their businesses safely and with integrity,” he said new BIC commissioner and chairman Crotty. “My experience as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office overseeing complex domestic and international financial investigations, through to my 13 years of private practice, makes me ready to take on this role. A level playing field with an open and competitive marketplace in these industries is critical to New York’s economy and post-COVID recovery. I’m ready to go to work.”

“The NYPD looks forward to working closely with Commissioner Crotty and continuing our long-standing partnership with the Business Integrity Commission,” he said Keechant L. Sewell, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department. “We are confident that her appointment will further strengthen our collective public safety mission and that her leadership of the BIC will benefit all the people we serve.”

“The Business Integrity Commission plays an important role in maintaining public trust and rooting out corruption in industries that have long been affected. DSNY looks forward to working with Commissioner Crotty on this extremely important work,” he said Edward Grayson, Commissioner of the New York Department of Health.

“The Business Integrity Commission works every day to ensure that the companies it regulates operate ethically and safely,” she said Vilda Vera Mayuga, Commissioner of the New York Department of Consumer and Labor Protection. “Mayor Adams made the perfect choice in appointing Liz, a veteran attorney and investigator, to lead BIC. I look forward to working with Liz to advance New York City’s economic recovery by protecting consumers and ensuring New York businesses operate with integrity.”

“The regulatory work that BIC does is critical to helping NYC businesses operate safely and fairly,” he said Kevin D. Kim, Commissioner of Services for the New York Department of Small Business. “I look forward to working closely with Commissioner Liz Crotty to ensure all businesses understand that not only is this city open for business, but that we are committed to a business environment based on transparency and integrity.”

“Mayor Adams made a good choice in appointing Liz Crotty to chair the Business Integrity Commission,” he said New York Attorney General Tish James. “She has had a distinguished legal career both in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, overseeing complex financial investigations, and as a private attorney. She is committed to ensuring integrity in regulated businesses.”

“With extensive experience as an attorney in the Manhattan Attorney’s Office and having founded her own law practice, no one has more relevant experience to lead the Business Integrity Commission than Liz Crotty,” said Liz Crotty Betsy Gotbaum, executive director of the Citizens Union. “Not only is she an experienced investigator, but she also knows how to solve problems that arise from the investigation. Liz is a person of the utmost integrity and this is an excellent appointment.”

“Liz Crotty’s experience as a prosecutor, attorney in private practice and civil society activist prepared her to accept the challenges of the New York City Business Integrity Commission,” she said former Lieutenant Governor of New York, Richard Ravitch. “Mayor Adams has made an excellent choice in commissioning them to ensure industries that have historically been exposed to criminal elements work honestly and effectively for the city’s small businesses and consumers.”

About Elizabeth Crotty

Elizabeth (Liz) Crotty becomes Commissioner and Chair of the Business Integrity Commission. She previously worked at Crotty Saland, PC where she was a founding partner. Prior to that, she was an associate at Kreindler & Kreindler, handling large international complex civil cases. Crotty currently serves on the board of directors of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Association, a non-profit alumni organization of the Manhattan DA’s Office. She also serves on the Judiciary Committee of the New York City Bar. Liz began her career as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s office, where she prosecuted complex financial crimes under the Special Prosecutions Bureau.

Crotty holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and a BA in European History and History of Art from Hobart & William Smith Colleges.

Crotty will report to Mayor and City Hall Chief Counsel Brendan McGuire.

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