Rensselaer County ADA Resigns After Arrest

Aug 6, 2018

An assistant Rensselaer County District Attorney resigned over the weekend following his arrest on a drunk driving charge. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

Rensselaer County DA Joel Abelove, a Republican, says he learned that Assistant District Attorney Seamus Donnelly had been charged by the Guilderland Police with Driving While Intoxicated.

In a press release Sunday, Abelove indicated he accepted Donnelly's resignation, adding, "Given the high caseload already being handled by my staff, I recognize that Mr. Donnelly’s departure will create an additional burden on this office. However, as District Attorney, I must ensure that those who are charged with holding people responsible for drinking and driving do not undermine that mission.”

Abelove said the DA’s office has no tolerance for drinking and driving, adding “he wishes Donnelly ‘all the best.’”