ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - Tuesday, New York Senator Charles Schumer recommended WilliamHochul to be the next US Attorney for the Western District of NewYork.
Schumer already made his recommendation to President BarackObama. Hochul is currently an assistant US Attorney and hasprosecuted high profile cases including Local Laborers 91 and theLackawanna Six.
He's also the husband of Erie County Clerk, Kathy Hochul.
Hochul's full biography is below.
William J. Hochul, Jr., is an Assistant United States Attorneyin the Western District of New York, and Chief of theOffice’s National Security Division. In his supervisoryposition, Mr. Hochul is responsible for the oversight of allterrorism, organized crime, and human trafficking cases prosecutedin the Office.
Mr. Hochul graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Damein 1981, and earned his law degree from the State University of NewYork at Buffalo Law School in 1984. Among his law schoolaccomplishments, Mr. Hochul in 1982 won the Best Oralist award atthe National Constitutional Law Moot Court competition held inNorth Carolina.
Mr. Hochul began his legal career in the Washington, D.C. areaas a law clerk to a Maryland Court of Appeals Judge. At theconclusion of this appointment, Mr. Hochul joined the litigationsection at the Washington Office of a five hundred memberinternational law firm, where he represented a wide variety ofclients in complex civil litigation matters, including racketeeringand fraud-related lawsuits.
Mr. Hochul joined the Department of Justice in 1987 as anAssistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.While in Washington, Mr. Hochul prosecuted an extensive array ofviolent and white collar criminal cases, and later specialized inthe prosecution of first-degree and gang-related murder cases.
Mr. Hochul joined the United States Attorney's Office for theWestern District of New York in 1991. In this capacity, Mr. Hochulprosecuted a large number of cases notorious violent and whitecollar criminals, racketeering and other complex schemes, andmultiple cases targeting violent street gangs and emerginginternational organized crime groups. Most recently, Mr. Hochulserves as lead prosecutor in several high-profile internationalterrorism cases, including the highly successful prosecution of theinternationally known “Lackawanna Six.”
Mr. Hochul frequently speaks, domestically and abroad, to lawenforcement groups, attorneys, and judges on matters relating toinvestigating and prosecuting organized crime, gang, terrorism, andmoney laundering offenses. He served previously as an adjunctprofessor at the State University of New York at Buffalo School ofLaw, where he taught classes on trial techniques, at NiagaraUniversity, where he taught courses on terrorism, and is presentlyon the faculty of Hilbert College, where he teaches aterrorism/homeland security course.
Mr. Hochul has received numerous awards and recognition forhis work, including co-recipient of the 2003 AttorneyGeneral’s Award for Exceptional Service - the highest awardof the United States Department of Justice. Over the past year, Mr.Hochul received the 2008 Citizen of the Year - Law Category Award;the 2008 Distinguished Leadership Award; and a Special AchievementAward presented by United States Department of Homeland Security,Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. He also previouslyreceived a Service to America Award (2003), Investigator of theYear Award (2006), and was recognized by McGraw-Hill’sEngineer News-Record magazine as a Top 25 Newsmaker for havingpurged Niagara County, New York of decades of construction industryviolence and intimidation.
Mr. Hochul is married to Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul. Heis the father of William III and Katie. William is completing hisjunior year at the State University of New York at Geneseo andKatie is completing her sophomore year at University of MaryWashington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. In his spare time, Mr.Hochul is a martial arts instructor and a baseball coach.
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