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Albany County District Attorney David Soares

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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.

 Matthew Toporowski, an Albany-based trial attorney and former prosecutor, announced his candidacy for Albany County District Attorney on Tuesday.
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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.

Dr. Alice Green
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

In mid-August, the Center for Law and Justice published a 41-page report, based on a survey of some 250 Albany residents, regarding public safety, law enforcement and community-police relations. As public officials begin responding to its findings, Center Executive Director Alice Green has resolved to make the survey a "living document." 

8/21/19 Panel

Aug 21, 2019

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill, Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao, Albany Country District Attorney David Soares, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany Robert Griffin.

8/16/19 Panel

Aug 16, 2019

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

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

Composite photo by Dave Lucas

Despite years of effort to improve the relationship between law enforcement and residents of Albany, mistrust remains. That’s according to a new survey from the Center for Law and Justice.

8/2/19 Panel

Aug 2, 2019

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, 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, and former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck.

7/19/19 Panel

Jul 19, 2019

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, 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.

6/7/19 Panel

Jun 7, 2019

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

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

5/31/19 Panel

May 31, 2019

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

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

5/24/19 Panel

May 24, 2019

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, lecturer at Skidmore College Peter Moloney, and Former EPA Regional Administrator and visiting professor at Bennington College Judith Enck.

5/17/19 Panel

May 17, 2019

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

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

5/10/19 Panel

May 10, 2019

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

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Vice President for Editorial Development for the New York Press Association Judy Patrick, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck and a special guest!

5/3/19 Panel

May 3, 2019

  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, and former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti, and former Albany County Common Council President Helen Desfosses.

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