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Personnel

The Schenectady County District Attorney's office consists of a number of prosecutors and support staff. We are always looking to add to our team and have a variety of internship opportunities available for students of various disciplines. 

Prosecutors

Maria Apruzzese
Assistant District Attorney

 

Special Victims Unit

 

Ms. Apruzzese joined the DA’s Office in 2017. She began her service in the City Court Bureau where she prosecuted all types of misdemeanor level cases. In 2020, Apruzzese joined the SVU and completed the first jury trial held during the Covid pandemic, convicting an individual on charges of Criminal Contempt. Apruzzese is a member of the High-Risk Team established to respond to sexual assault cases in a collective manner to bring resources together.

Apruzzese attended Union College, graduating cum laude, with a degree in Sociology and a Minor in Spanish in 2014. She earned her JD from University of Buffalo in 2017.


 

Jennifer Marindin Assini
Chief Assistant District Attorney
 

Chief ADA

Investigations, Bureau Chief

Ms. Assini joined the office as an Assistant District Attorney in 1991 and is currently the Chief Assistant District Attorney. Read more...


 

Amy Burock
Chief Trial Attorney
 

Chief Trial Attorney

Major Crimes, Bureau Chief

Amy Burock grew up in Guilderland, New York. She graduated summa cum laude from Hartwick College in 1995 with a BA and earned her JD at Albany Law School where she graduated cum laude with an honor’s concentration in Criminal Law in 1999.  Burock was admitted to the bar in January 2000. Immediately after law school Ms. Burock completed a one-year appointment as an Appellate Court Attorney at the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department. After completing her judicial clerkship, Burock began her career as a prosecutor at the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office. She came to work for the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office in 2001. She has been Chief of the Major Crimes Unit since 2006 and has completed more than 50 felony jury trials. Ms. Burock is grateful to do such interesting work and is honored to serve the community.    


 

Ben Bucinell
Assistant District Attorney
 

City Court, Judge Hoffman; Judge Caruso; Judge Frost; Judge Falotico

Niskayuna Town Court, Judge Swinton

Mr. Bucinell attended Union College and graduated with a double major in Chemistry and Religious Studies and a minor in Classics in 2014.  He received his MBA from Clarkson University in 2019.  Bucinell earned his JD from Albany Law School in 2020.  Prior to going to law school, he served in the U.S. Navy for 6 months, Basic Training and Naval Special Warfare Prep.  Bucinell joined the Schenectady County DA’s Office in the City/Local Court Bureau in 2021. 


 

Robert M. Carney
District Attorney
  District Attorney

Mr. Carney has been the District Attorney of Schenectady County continuously from January 1, 1990 to date.  Read More...


 

John Carson
Assistant District Attorney
  Special Victims Unit, Bureau Chief

John Carson joined the DA’s Office in 2013 immediately after being admitted to the bar. He began in the City Court Bureau prosecuting misdemeanor level crimes. In 2015, joined the SVU where he began prosecuting sex crimes and child abuse. In 2020, Carson was named Bureau Chief of the SVU, and currently oversees the unit as well as the Child Advocacy Center and supervises several Albany Law School interns through the Albany Domestic Violence Prosecution Hybrid Clinic.

Carson graduated summa cum laude from the College of St. Rose in 2010 with a degree in History. He earned his JD from Albany Law School in 2013. Carson was awarded the Young Lawyer Award in 2019 by the Schenectady County Bar Association for distinguished performance. He is a member of the DAASNY Subcommittee on Special Victims and Domestic Violence as well as the Animal Crimes Subcommittee.


 

Michael DeMatteo
Assistant District Attorney
 

City and Local  Courts, Bureau Chief

Judge Hoffman; Judge Caruso; Judge Frost; Judge Falotico

Mr. DeMatteo attended State University of Albany, graduating in 2004 with a major in Environmental Science.  He attended Western New England College of Law and graduated in 2009 with his JD.  Mike joined the office in 2009. In 2011, Mike joined the Grand Jury Unit. In 2017, Mike was promoted to City and Local Courts Bureau Chief and is the designated prosecutor of arson cases. He led the prosecution of those indicted in the Jay Street fire that took four lives in 2015 and secured the first arson for profit conviction after trial in Schenectady County. 


James Faucher
Assistant District Attorney
 

 

County Court

Rotterdam Town Court: Judge Litz, Judge Bradshaw

Mr. Faucher attended SUNY Plattsburgh and graduated, summa cum laude, with a BA in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology and Sociology in 2013. He earned his JD from Albany Law School, magna cum laude, in 2016.  He joined the Schenectady County DA's Office in 2021 in the City Court Bureau and subsequently moved to the County Court Bureau.  Prior to joining the DA's Office, Faucher was in private practice in Albany, NY.  He served in the U.S. Army for 5 years in the 101st Airborne, rising to the rank of Sergeant. 

 

Eric Gorman
Assistant District Attorney
 

City Court

Judge Hoffman; Judge Caruso; Judge Frost; Judge Falotico

Niskayuna Town Court, Judge Scagnelli

Mr. Gorman attended State University of New York College at Geneseo and graduated in 2016 with a Philosophy major.  He earned his JD in 2019 from George Washington University Law School.  While there, he participated in the GWinNY Program that had a semester in residence in NYC with a Focus on Business Law and Writing.  Prior to completing his schooling, Gorman served in the U.S. Airforce for four years as an avionics technician.  He joined the Schenectady County DA’s Office in the City/Local Court Bureau in 2021. 


 

Brian Gray
Assistant District Attorney
 

County Court, Bureau Chief

Hon. Matthew Sypniewski

The County Court Bureau is run by Assistant District Attorney Brian Gray. Gray joined the office in 2010 and worked in the City Court unit as well as for a short time handled the DWI cases.  In 2012, Gray joined the Special Victims Unit where he focused on prosecuting crimes of domestic violence and sex crimes. In 2015, Gray moved to the Major Crimes Bureau where he prosecuted violent crimes and murders involving firearms. In September of 2020, Gray was promoted to County Court Bureau Chief.  Gray graduated from Marist College in 2006 with a Political Science Degree and received his JD from Albany Law School in 2009.  


 

William Lemon
Assistant District Attorney
 

CARP/Financial Crimes

 

William Lemon is the Assistant District Attorney tasked with CARP prosecution.  He received a dual degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Hamilton College in 2008 and his law degree from New York Law School in 2014.  Before and during law school, Lemon worked in the financial services industry in various capacities.  Since graduating from law school and prior to joining the DA’s Office in 2019, he practiced in New York City and Albany representing businesses and individuals in connection with, among other things, white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions. 


 

Dan Lennon
Assistant District Attorney
 

Special Victims Unit

Duanesburg Town Court: Judge Wren; Judge Casso

Mr. Lennon attended Syracuse University and graduated in 2016 with a double major in Political Science and Communications, with a minor in International Relations.  He earned his JD from Albany Law School in 2020.  Lennon was an intern with the DA’s Office during law school through the Domestic Violence Prosecution Hybrid Clinic in 2019.  After graduation, he joined the Schenectady County DA’s Office in the City/Local Court Bureau and in 2021 joined the SVU. 

During his college years, Lennon earned NCAA All-American Track status twice, once in 2014 for Cross Country and in 2015 for Outdoor Track, the 10,000 meters.  He was a member of the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championship team.  Lennon met the Olympic standard for the marathon in 2017 and participated in the Olympic trials for the marathon in 2020, during law school.


 

Jessica Lorusso
Assistant District Attorney
  Grand Jury, Bureau Chief

ADA Lorusso graduated from the Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. She graduated cum laude from Albany Law School in 2001 with an honors concentration in Criminal Law. After graduating she worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Warren County from 2002-2005 where she handled local criminal court cases and all felony appeals.  In 2005, she joined the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office first as the DWI prosecutor. She then worked as a member of the Special Victims Unit between 2007-2015 where she handled child and adult sexual abuse cases, domestic violence cases and animal cruelty cases. Lorusso successfully tried to verdict numerous rape and domestic violence cases. In 2015, she transferred to the Grand Jury Bureau and has prosecuted serious assaults, robberies, burglaries and narcotics cases. In 2020, ADA Lorusso became Bureau Chief of the Grand Jury Bureau where she continues to handle felony cases as well as supervises the members of that unit.


 

Nicholas McDonald
Assistant District Attorney
  Major CrimesHomicide

McDonald graduated from Ithaca College in 2010 with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Writing.  He earned his JD from Albany Law School in 2014.  During law school, he was an intern in the DA’s Office and then joined the office after graduation. McDonald first worked in the City Court Unit prosecuting misdemeanors, and then prosecuted DWI cases for the office.  He joined the Grand Jury Unit in 2016 where he handled all types of felony cases from GJ presentation through trial.  He is now assigned to both the Homicide and Major Crimes Bureaus to handle some of the most serious cases.  McDonald, a lifelong Schenectadian, has been a member of the board of the Schenectady City Industrial Development Agency, since 2020.


Marlena Mareno
Assistant District Attorney
 

City Court

Judge Hoffman; Judge Caruso; Judge Frost; Judge Falotico

Rotterdam Town Court: Judge Litz; Judge Bradshaw

Marlena Mareno joined the DA’s Office in 2021, immediately after graduating from law school. She begins in the City/Local Court Bureau.   Mareno was an intern with the Schenectady County DA's Office through Albany Law School. Mareno graduated from Siena College in 2018, summa cum laude, with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Management.  She attended Albany Law School and earned her JD in 2021.      

Philip Mueller
Assistant Counsel to DA
  Assistant Counsel 

Mr. Mueller joined the office as an Assistant District Attorney in 1990 and served continuously as a prosecutor until his retirement in 2016. He is a graduate of Union College and Cornell Law School where he was Editor in Chief of the Cornell Law Review.  During his career, Mueller tried 44 felony trials, 25 of them murder cases, and was honored by the New York State Prosecutors Training Institute as their trial lawyer of the year in 2004 and by the New York State District Attorney's Association with the Morgenthau Award in 2010. He was the principal author of "Do the Right Thing," a manual on prosecutorial ethics given to every Assistant District Attorney in New York State.  Mr. Mueller retains a part-time position as an Assistant Counsel to the District Attorney.


 

Eamonn Neary
Assistant District Attorney
  Grand Jury

Eamonn Neary graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2005 with a major in Political Science, concentration in Law/Public Policy.  In 2009, he earned his JD from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in Detroit, MI.  During the summer of 2008, Neary attended the Trinity College School of Law in Dublin, Ireland for one month and the Charles University School of Law in Prague, Czech Republic, for one month, where he studied Comparative Law and International Legal Research.  Neary worked as an Assistant DA in the Sullivan County DA’s Office from 2011 to 2016.  Then in 2016, he joined the Schenectady County DA’s Office as the CARP Prosecutor helping the office prosecute crimes against the resources of the state.  He moved into the GJ Unit in 2018 and has been called upon to handle all types of felony cases.  Prior to entering public service, Neary worked for one year as an associate in private practice in Albany, NY.


 

Leah Nelson
Assistant District Attorney
 

City Court

Judge Hoffman; Judge Caruso; Judge Frost; Judge Falotico

Princetown Town Court, Judge VanWoert

Ms. Nelson attended University of Albany, graduating cum laude with a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology in 2017.  She attended Albany Law School and graduated in 2020 with her JD.  Nelson was an intern with the Schenectady County DA’s Office through Albany Law School and joined the office in the City/Local Court Bureau after graduation.


 

Kyle A. Petit
Assistant District Attorney
  Major Crimes

Kyle A. Petit was born and raised in Troy, New York. After completing his undergraduate studies at Boston University in 2009 and graduating from The George Washington University Law School in 2012, Mr. Petit worked as an Assistant District Attorney at the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office between 2013 and 2015. Mr. Petit joined the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office in October of 2015 and has worked in both the Special Victim’s Unit and the Major Crimes Bureau. Mr. Petit’s work now focuses on combatting gun violence and seeking justice for its victims, including the meek and those unwilling or unable to participate in the pursuit of justice.


 

Dean Riggi
Assistant District Attorney
 

Glenville Town Court: Judge Davenport; Judge McPhail

Scotia Village Court: Judge Lockwood; Judge Boyle

Mr. Riggi is a part-time Assistant District Attorney who is the longest serving prosecutor in the office, having worked continuously in that capacity since 1989. He is a graduate of Union College and University of Brockport Law School. He is responsible for prosecutions in the Village of Scotia Court and the Glenville Town Court.


 

Christina Tremante
Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney
 

Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney

Homicide, Bureau Chief

Ms. Tremante joined the office as an Assistant District Attorney in 2006 and is currently the Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney.  Read more...


 

Kimberly Waldin
Assistant District Attorney
 

County Court

STOP DWI

 

Ms. Waldin joined the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office in 2017 and began prosecuting misdemeanor cases in the City and Local Court division. She also serves as the representative from the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office on the Alternative Treatment Court for Mental Health. In 2020, she became the designated DWI & DWAI by Drugs and Vehicular Collision prosecutor on the felony level.

Waldin holds Bachelor of Arts from Russell Sage College and graduated from Albany Law School in 2015. Prior to joining the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, she was a New York State Excelsior Service Fellow and served at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.


 

Peter Willis
Counsel to DA
 
 

Counsel to DA

Appeals, Bureau Chief

Mr. Willis joined the District Attorney's Office in 2006 and is currently Counsel to the District Attorney. Read more..


 

Eric Weinhold
Assistant District Attorney
 

Grand Jury

Rotterdam Town Court: Judge Litz, Judge Bradshaw

Mr. Weinhold attended Norwich University and graduated, summa cum laude, with a BA in Studies in War and Peace and minors in French and Business Administration in 2014.  He earned his JD in 2018 from Albany Law School, summa cum laude, in 2018.  He joined the Schenectady County DA’s Office in the City/Local Court Bureau in 2021. Prior to joining the DA’s Office, Weinhold was in private practice with the Albany firm of Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna, LLP and completed a one-year internship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District, NY.  


 

Victim/Witness Specialists

 

Ken Rulison
Coordinator
 

 

Kate Schwartz  

 

Sandra Stapleton  

 

Amanda Weekes  

Confidential Investigators

 

Mary Ann McGovern Ret. Niskayuna Police
  Charles Sullivan Ret. New York State Police
  Anthony Brown Ret. Schenectady Police
  John Madden Ret. Schenectady Police
  Paul Steele Ret. Schenectady Police
  James McCrum Ret. New York State Police
  Steve Manikas Ret. Rotterdam Police
  Peter Minahan Ret. New York State Police
  Kevin Green Ret. Schenectady Police
  Robert Dashnow Ret. Schenectady Police
  Edward Rtiz Ret. Schenectady Police
  Richard Voris  
     

Technical Resource Officer

  Joshua Quesada  

 


Grand Jury Stenographer

  Lesle DiMauro
Senior Grand Jury Stenographer
 

Administrative Professionals

 

Denise Haley
Confidential Secretary to the District Attorney

 

  Ruth Raym  
  Cathy Dobies  
  Diane DiVincenzo  
  Jayne Smith  
  Lucille Chabot  
  Amy Scott  
  Darlene DeGonza  

Child Advocacy Center

 

Lynn Chabot
MDT Coordinator
 
  Stephanie Stuart