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Western New York US Attorney Hochul Announces Resignation


The top federal prosecutor in western New York will step down later this month.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul says he's retiring from public service after nearly 30 years with the Justice Department, the last six in his current position.

While an assistant U.S. attorney, Hochul was the lead prosecutor in the 2002 Lackawanna Six case in which a group of Yemeni-American men were convicted of providing material support to terrorists for traveling to train with al-Qaida.

As the Buffalo-based U.S. attorney, Hochul was among the first to use federal laws against gang members and oversaw the prosecution of 20 members of a Niagara County labor union that used violence to secure work.

Hochul is the husband of New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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