Monroe County District Attorney, Monroe County District Attorney’s Office
Years in current role: 10
What are your expectations for 2022?
I have enormous yet optimistic expectations for 2022. I think this is the year that together, as a community, we unite on a structural level to not only curb violence and homicides but use crime prevention strategies to address the root causes of so many of these devastating events. I look forward to working with my partners in government and law enforcement to identify data-driven solutions to make our community a safer place to work, live and raise a family.
What is your biggest takeaway from dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic?
The pandemic affected every aspect of our lives, personally and professionally. Professionally, I, along with all the attorneys and staff of the District Attorney’s Office, quickly adapted to ongoing changes from every level of government, from the New York State Office of Court Administration down to the County of Monroe. My biggest takeaway is that in any profession, especially one as important as a prosecutor or law enforcement, we must be flexible and prepare for everything. Whether it was virtual court, a quarantine order, or last-minute childcare needs due to a COVID-19 outbreak, we need backup policies for every aspect of the job, and we must learn to accept that the way we do our jobs is constantly changing. I believe this is relevant for our personal lives as well!
If time were no issue, what would you do to help the community that you aren’t already doing?
The best parts of the Rochester community are the small businesses that contribute to our traditions and day-to-day quality of life. Some of my favorites include Stever’s Candies, Palmers Direct to You Market, Kittelberger Florist & Gifts, Savoia’s Pastry Shoppe, Jines Restaurant, and the many restaurants and cafes that make up our great city and surrounding towns. These businesses do not only add to the charm and quality of life in our community, but they provide jobs and invest in causes important and unique to Rochester.
This profile is part of Rochester Business Journal's Power 100 list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at rbj.net.