Andrew G. Celli Jr. '87 was recently named as a member of the New York State Commission on Public Integrity. The appointment was announced by Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Lt. Gov. David Paterson.
The Commission was established by the governor and the legislature as part of sweeping ethics and lobbying reforms adopted earlier this year.
A political science major, Celli was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and was named to Phi Beta Kappa and the dean's list. He was a Resident Assistant, phonathon volunteer, student trustee, and a member of the Druids and the staff of The Herald. He later graduated from New York University School of Law.
He and his wife, the former Ellen Unterberg '85, have endowed an HWS scholarship that bears their names.
Celli is a founding partner in the Manhattan Law firm of Emery, Celli, Brinckerhoff and Abady. From 1999 to 2002, he was Chief of the Civil Rights Bureau in the Attorney General's Office. A former associate at Cravath, Swaine and Moore, he also clerked for federal district Court Judge Charles P. Sifton and has extensively litigated commercial, civil rights and constitutional cases in state and federal courts.
The 13-member Commission consists of seven members, including the Chair, who are selected by the governor; and six appointed by the governor on the recommendation of the attorney general, the comptroller, and the four legislative leaders. John D. Feerick, chair of the State Ethics Commission, will chair the new commission.