Swanson Named To Association

Patrick Swanson

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson was recently selected to serve as a member of the board of directors of the District Attorney’s Association of the State of New York.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara, outgoing president of the association, presided over the nomination and unanimous approval of Swanson. Swanson joined the 24-member board along with Caroline Wojtaszek, DA of Niagara County; Eric Gonzalez, DA of Kings County in Brooklyn; and Michael McMahon, DA of Richmond County in Staten Island. Swanson is just the second district attorney from Chautauqua County to be selected to sit on the board of directors., the other being James Subjack, who served as DA from 1994 to 2005.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares was also sworn in as the new president of the District Attorney’s Association of the State of New York.

Previously the New York State District Attorneys Association, the association was created in 1909 as a professional organization for prosecuting attorneys — both district attorneys and assistant district attorneys — practicing in New York state. The membership of DAASNY is all of the elected district attorneys, as well as their assistant district attorneys, from the 62 counties in the state. DAASNY has a membership totaling in the thousands.

“The purposes of this association are to serve as an agency for promoting and ensuring the fair and ethical administration of justice, encourage closer personal acquaintance among prosecuting officials in New York and to make possible the exchange of information and views in respect to the conduct of their various offices so as to promote a greater degree of efficiency, and as deemed necessary or advisable, to so support or oppose legislation for the amendment of the criminal law and for the improvement of the procedure of the prosecution of crime,” the association said.

DAASNY has a number of working committees such as the Legislative Committee, the Fair and Ethical Administration of Justice Committee, the Appellate Committee, the Best Practices Committee and the Ethics Guidance Committee.

“Being asked to serve on the board of such a storied and respected association is an honor and a privilege,” Swanson said. “Being from a smaller county my aim is to educate the Association on the issues that face smaller, less wealthy counties. There is no one size fits all approach to New York state and I think the Association does a phenomenal job recognizing each county’s unique challenges.

“Representing Chautauqua County, I look forward to being a part of an over century old institution whose primary objective is the fair and ethical administration of justice,” Swanson said.