Westchester DA tapped to lead New York DA group

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore is now the newest president of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York. She was sworn in to a one-year term on Saturday at the association’s annual conference in Cooperstown, N.Y. In a statement, DiFiore said she was “truly honored” to be chosen from among the state’s 62 District Attorneys.

“In any profession, receiving recognition from one’s peers always holds a particular distinction, and when coupled with the important work that the Association does on behalf of prosecutors throughout the state and being able to contribute to this coming year’s agenda is sincerely gratifying,” she said.

Franklin County District Attorney Derek P. Champagne, the association’s outgoing president, praised DiFiore’s experience, commitment and work ethic.

“Her tireless commitment to Justice through the Justice Task Force and her distinguished legal career makes her the perfect spokesperson and leader for the association,” he said in a written statement. “I look forward to assisting her in any way possible to build upon the associations’ reputation as being the preeminent voice of Justice and the voice for those who cannot speak because of acts of violence in New York State.”

The DA’s Association has about 1,000 members. It was formed in 1909 as a professional organization for district attorneys and assistant district attorneys in New York State. Thirty-eight district attorney offices have fewer than 10 prosecutors and 20 offices have fewer than five. Seven offices, including Westchester, have more than 100 prosecutors.

Photo: Champagne swearing in DiFiore on Saturday. Courtesy of the Westchester County District Attorney’s office.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.