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Albany County District Attorney David Soares

Albany County DA David Soares addresses reporters outside his downtown Albany office.
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Incumbent David Soares is officially on his way to a fifth term after winning the Democratic primary for Albany County District Attorney.

 Matt Toporowski
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Matt Toporowski says his campaign for Albany County District Attorney is over. In a tweet and separate statement Tuesday evening, Toporowski conceded the race and said he is proud of the issues he raised as he looked to unseat four-term DA David Soares in June’s Democratic primary. 

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Absentee ballot counting began today as four candidates in two Democratic primaries in the Capital Region await the final tally.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares and Albany City Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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Albany County District Attorney David Soares says he is confident he will prevail in the Democratic primary against challenger Matt Toporowski when absentee ballots are counted. Seeking a fifth four-year term, Soares is leading in unofficial results by about 8 percentage points, according to the Albany County Board of Elections. In an interview Wednesday morning, Soares slammed his opponent for running on "misrepresentations and lies," and had harsh criticism for Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, who endorsed Toporowski. 

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The Democratic candidates for Albany County District Attorney have solidified their positions going into Tuesday's primary.

A Toporowski lawn sign displayed outside an Albany residence.
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Eleven days before the primary, Albany County district attorney candidate Matt Toporowski picked up two endorsements from two high-ranking area officials late Friday.

District Attorney P. David Soares today announced that an Albany County Grand Jury cleared Albany Police Officer Elston Mackey of any criminal wrongdoing in relation to the death of 20-year-old Schuyler Lake.
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Since announcing his bid for a fifth term in January, Albany County District Attorney David Soares says he’s running on his record in June 23rd’s Democratic primary. Soares spoke with WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas.

Alice Green, outside the Center For Law  & Justice in Albany
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Weeks before the city became the site of sometimes violent protests between demonstrators and police, the Center For Law And Justice in Albany released a report calling attention to systemic racism. Now it plans a community/government symposium this fall.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares and Albany City Police Chief Eric Hawkins
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At the start of every summer the number of shooting incidents in the city of Albany goes up. But the numbers and types of incidents this year are troubling law enforcement officials.

League of Women's Voters representatives questioned candidates for Albany County DA.
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The Democratic candidates for Albany County District Attorney debated virtually Thursday night.

Dr. Alice Green says community policing has failed.
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An Albany civil rights leader says the peaceful protest of Saturday afternoon and the violence of Saturday night come from fears among African Americans that a loved one could be killed by law enforcement.

(Clockwise) Dannielle Hille, co-founder and President of A Block at a Time, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins, Albany County DA David Soares.
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Top law enforcement officials in Albany County are discussing how policing and the criminal justice system will function in a post pandemic world.

Matt Toporowski
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Sixteen years ago, David Soares upended his former boss in the decisive Democratic primary for Albany County District Attorney. Now, Soares himself is facing a challenge from a former attorney in his office.

Earlier this month, the Center for Law and Justice in Albany published a report on structural racism and public safety in the city. Among other things, the report calls upon four city leaders to acknowledge the existence of structural racism in the police department.

 Matt Toporowski
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The Albany County District Attorney is facing a primary challenge. A local attorney kicked off his campaign today.

2/7/20 Panel

Feb 7, 2020

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, investigative journalist and UAlbany adjunct professor Rosemary Armao, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

1/24/20 Panel

Jan 24, 2020

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, President and CEO The Business Council of New York State Heather Briccetti, Siena College Economic Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

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Albany County District Attorney David Soares has kicked off his re-election campaign.

1/10/20 Panel

Jan 10, 2020

       The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, corporate attorney Rich Honen, Siena College Economic Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

1/3/20 Panel

Jan 3, 2020

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, counterterrorism expert Malcolm Nance, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

12/27/19 Panel

Dec 27, 2019

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Siena College Economic Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

A staff member digitizes documents at the Albany County District Attorney's office
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On January 1st, sweeping reforms to New York’s criminal justice system will go into effect. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard takes a look at how law enforcement agencies in Albany County are preparing for the changes…

12/6/19 Panel

Dec 6, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Siena College Economic Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

10/25/19 Panel

Oct 25, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, and Skidmore College Business professor and Brexit expert Peter Moloney.

10/3/19 Panel

Oct 3, 2019

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Vice President for Editorial Development at the New York Press Association Judy Patrick, Counter-Terrorism Expert and MSNBC Contributor Malcolm Nance, Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

9/20/19 Panel

Sep 20, 2019

     The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, author, poet, novelist, storyteller and scholar of Native American culture Joseph Bruchac.

Albany County DA David Soares; Schenectday County DA Bob Carney
Composite photo by Dave Lucas

District Attorneys across New York state are preparing for changes involving pre-trial evidence rules that include requiring prosecutors to share information with the defense much earlier in a criminal case.

9/13/19 Panel

Sep 13, 2019

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and corporate attorney Rich Honen.

9/6/19 Panel

Sep 6, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, and Executive Director of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, Susy Schultz.

8/30/19 Panel

Aug 30, 2019

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, investigative reporter Rosemary Armao, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck.

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