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"The purposes of this organization are to serve as an agency for closer personal acquaintance among prosecuting officials in the State of 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."

Article 1, Section 2 - DAASNY Constitution

 

New York is home to some of our nation’s most professional prosecutors. As president of the state District Attorneys’ Association, I couldn’t be more proud to represent the men and women who fight for justice and advocate for fairness every day in courthouses across our 62 counties.

Under the leadership of past presidents, our organization has grown to become the preeminent voice shaping criminal justice policy in New York. Whether it’s crafting legislation, training prosecutors, or fighting for reform, nobody is more committed to the effectiveness and integrity of our justice system than our state’s prosecutors.

Thank you for visiting our website. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on how our organization can help you and your community.
  
Kathleen M. Rice
Nassau County District Attorney

DAASNY Facts

The District Attorneys Association of the State of New York was formed in 1909, as the idea of District Attorney Beecher S. Clother of Glens Falls (Warren County), New York. The first known public mention of its formation appeared in the Rochester (New York) Union and Advertizer in its August 27, 1909 issue. "Upon the theory that big crooks have an organization to beat the law," the article stated, "the district attorneys of the state are going to combine into an association by which they will defeat the lawbreakers by mutual help."

There are 62 elected district attorneys in New York State, one for each county.

40 district attorney offices have fewer than 10 prosecutors, 29 have fewer than six. Seven offices have more than 100 prosecutors.

 

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