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NEWS from the Office of the New York State Comptroller
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DiNapoli Appoints Nelson Sheingold as Counsel to the Comptroller

February 7, 2019

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today that he has appointed Nelson Sheingold as Counsel to the Comptroller, to take effect in early March. He will direct all legal affairs for the Office of the State Comptroller and continue to lead efforts to fight public corruption.

Since 2011, Sheingold was deputy comptroller and counsel for Investigations. He spearheaded DiNapoli’s initiative to safeguard public funds by exposing fraud and corruption. Partnering with federal, state and local law enforcement, his work led to more than 190 arrests and the ordered recovery of more than $54 million.

“Nelson’s breadth of legal knowledge, his passion for justice and dedication to public service make him an ideal choice as counsel. Our team of legal professionals tackle a wide variety of challenges ranging from the retirement system, state and local governments to procurement and numerous other issues,” DiNapoli said.

Prior to joining the State Comptroller’s office, Sheingold served as chief counsel to the New York State Inspector General, with a focus on fraud and corruption. He was an assistant attorney general in the New York State Attorney General’s litigation bureau, where he handled cases in federal and state court. He was also an assistant district attorney in New York County and prosecuted an array of crimes. In addition, he was an attorney with the New York Prosecutors Training Institute, assisting prosecutors statewide.

Sheingold is a 1994 graduate of Yale Law School.

He will succeed current Counsel Nancy Groenwegen, who is retiring.

His salary is $188,000.

photo of Sheingold is available here