Greene County D.A. to run again

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D.A. STANZIONE ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY

PROSECUTOR WITH 34 YEARS LEGAL EXPERIENCE SEEKS RE-ELECTION TO OFFICE OF

GREENE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Greene County District Attorney Joseph Stanzione has announced that he will be seeking re-election this November to a second term as Greene County District Attorney.

DA Stanzione stated: “It is hard to believe that I am in my fourth year of my four year term as District Attorney. The job is quite challenging, yet very rewarding. I have the honor and privilege of working with Greene County Sheriff Gregory Seeley, New York State Police Senior Investigator Peter Kusminsky, police officers and investigators of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and local police agencies on a daily basis. I must state that Greene County has police representation that we can truly be proud of.”

“The job of District Attorney is not a nine to five job. My staff and I work as many hours as it takes to get our job done. This job requires a genuine commitment to the community; a commitment that my staff & I truly enjoy, and that I am honored to have the privilege to fulfill.”

“When I was elected I made a commitment that I would work to keep safe our Correction Officers at Coxsackie Correctional Facility, Greene Correctional Facility and the Greene County Jail. I held true to this promise by prosecuting crimes that occur in the prisons. Statistics show that when crimes that occur in the prisons are prosecuted, the rate of such crime levels off or decreases. Over the past three and a half years I have prosecuted dozens of serious offenses including inmates carrying makeshift cutting type weapons & inmates assaulting inmates, Correction Officers and other prison staff.”

“Whenever a Correction Officer is involved in recovering a weapon from an inmate, or intervening in a fight between inmates, that officer’s safety is placed in harms way. The Correction Officers and administrative staff that I have worked with over the past three and a half years have been decent, professional and respectful people. They go to work to do their job with the goal of safely returning home to their families at the end of the day. They do not deserve to be victimized at their job.”

DA Stanzione addressed the issue of drug abuse. He stated, “When I was elected I made a commitment to address the problem of drug abuse in our County. In this regard, my office has been proactive in targeting and arresting drug dealers.”

“My staff and I have worked hard to successfully prosecute, convict and obtain prison sentences for drug dealers. On the other hand, upon arresting drug users, we worked equally as hard to provide treatment to drug users through such resources as Twin County Recovery Services and our Greene County Drug Court Program. Drug Court is run by our Drug Court Judge, Honorable Charles M. Tailleur. He requires participants to engage in a treatment program

in conjunction with supervision by our Greene County Probation Department, in conjunction with weekly meetings with Judge Tailleur. Drug Court is a 12 to 18 month program that results in a Certificate of Graduation when one successfully completes the program. Many of the participants are intelligent young adults who had future goals until they strayed into the world of drugs or alcohol. The goal of Drug Court is to get those people back on their feet; back into college or training programs so they may once again move forward to achieve their goals, and become productive members of society.”

Stanzione stated, “In dealing with alcohol and drug offenses, I require all persons arrested and/or convicted of alcohol and drug related offenses to attend a Victim Impact Panel (VIP). The VIP is put together by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Greene County Probation Department. The panel is comprised of people whose lives have been drastically impacted by an alcohol or drug related incident; not for just a day, but FOREVER! The panel includes the drunk driver who caused the serious injury of another, the victim and family members of a DWI accident, and the drunk driver who is the victim of his own accident. When I took office, only one Victim Impact Panel was held per year with only about 20 in attendance. Now that participation in a VIP is required, there are three to four Victim Impact Panels held each year with attendance of approximately 90 to 110 at each panel.”

“In an effort to be further proactive, I work with our Greene County Sheriff and Greene County Probation Department to present the VIP to young adults in the high schools. These young adults are people who either have, or soon will receive, their driver’s licenses. School response to the V.I.P. has been positive.”

“My office has also worked hard to successfully prosecute violent felony offenses such as murder, assaults, robberies, burglaries and sex offenses. “

DA Stanzione praised the efforts of his District Attorney’s office staff: “I am fortunate to have a staff of fine, hard working attorneys; as well as a legal secretary, victim advocate and paralegal, all of whom are dedicated public servants. I thank our Greene County Legislature for providing the resources necessary to perform the important functions of his office.”

DA Stanzione states that the past 3 ½ years have been very busy. He promises, “I will continue to work whatever hours are necessary to keep our communities safe, and to maintain the good quality of life that Greene County is well known for.”

“I will work hard to earn the continued support of our Greene County citizens.”

Joseph Stanzione, Esq.

Greene County District Attorney

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