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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

U.S. ATTORNEY HOCHUL ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE; WILL END 30 YEAR DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CAREER OCTOBER 28

BUFFALO, NY—William J. Hochul, Jr., announced today that he will leave his position as United States Attorney, and retire from public service after nearly 30 years in the Department of Justice. U.S. Attorney Hochul will leave his position October 28.
“While the threat to Americans and Western New Yorkers has changed over the decades of my service, it has been my experience that certain fundamental truths have remained constant,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “First, the commitment of law enforcement to protect and serve the public has never wavered, and it has been an honor to work with these heroes. Second, the system in which we operate is truly the best the world has ever seen. Finally, it has been a great privilege to be able to achieve justice for those who have been targeted or hurt by vicious predators, unscrupulous fraudsters, and criminals of every type.” 
President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Hochul to serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York in 2009. Following unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate in 2010, he oversaw the prosecution of all federal criminal cases brought within the 17 counties of Western New York. Mr. Hochul also directed and supervised all other matters occurring in the District in which the United States was a party, including affirmative and defensive civil litigation, appellate matters, forfeiture, and more.  
Under Mr. Hochul’s leadership, the United States Attorney’s Office successfully implemented numerous strategies, organizational initiatives, and public outreach programs designed to keep the community safe. Criminal prosecution of terrorism, intellectual property, white collar, environmental, narcotics, identity theft, and cyber-related offenses resulted in some of the most significant cases in District history. Civil litigation returned hundreds of millions of dollars to the United States taxpayers, while simultaneously protecting against frivolous lawsuits.