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SCHUYLER COUNTY, N.Y. (WETM) — Schuyler County District Attorney Joseph G. Fazzary won an award in recognition of his work as a prosecutor.
According to the Schuyler County District Attorney’s Office, the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York presented Fazzary with the Frank S. Hogan Award at the organization’s winter conference in Manhattan on Feb. 2. The Hogan Award is the highest award for prosecutors in the state. The award recognizes a prosecutor’s commitment to remaining ethical, hiring non-partisan staff, and being unafraid and unbiased while prosecuting the guilty.
“For 30 years, Joe’s relentless pursuit of justice, and advocacy for victims, has been a model for prosecutors across New York State,” said Schuyler County Chief Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Hourihan about Fazzary. “I count my blessings that I have had the honor to work with him, and learn from him for the last four years, and know that Schuyler County is a safer place because of his hard work. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the Hogan Award.”
Fazzary joined the Schuyler County District Attorney’s Office in 1992, and he became the county’s first elected district attorney at the age of 29 in 1998. While accepting his award, Fazzary told the crowd that when he started, Schuyler County didn’t provide the district attorney with an office, he was only part-time, and he only had one part-time assistant district attorney. Fazzary built up the district attorney’s office using grant money he secured from the state.
During Fazzary’s career, he has acted as a special prosecutor for other counties in the area, taught prosecutors from across the state at the New York Prosecutor’s Training Institute, and spoken to victim advocate groups across New York. Fazzary also created a regional justice center for victims in Montour Falls. When he accepted the award, Fazzary said that receiving the award was an honor of a lifetime.