Schenectady County

Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office sees top retirements, promotions

Prosecutor Christina Tremante-Pelham and Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney in 2018. Tremante-Pelham was recently among several DA promotions. MARC SCHULTZ/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

Prosecutor Christina Tremante-Pelham and Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney in 2018. Tremante-Pelham was recently among several DA promotions. MARC SCHULTZ/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

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SCHENECTADY – The Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office recently announced a list of top retirements and promotions.

The retirements include Chief Assistant District Attorney Edward Moynihan, Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney William Sanderson, Assistant District Attorney Raymond DeMatteo, Jr. and James Catuccio, who assisted in the operation of the Grand Jury Bureau.

“With these retirements, the County loses some of the core prosecutorial expertise that has shaped our work for many years,” Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said in a statement. “We are losing 144 years of combined service.”

Promoted to fill their roles are Jennifer Assini, who will take over for Moynihan as Chief Assistant District Attorney; Christina Tremante-Pelham, taking over Sanderson’s role as Deputy Chief Assistant; Jessica Lorusso promoted to Bureau Chief of the Grand Jury Bureau; and Brian Gray, promoted to Bureau Chief of the County Court Bureau.

“We are fortunate to have these talented and experienced prosecutors to take over important positions with management authority,” Carney said. 

The promotions of Assini and Tremante-Pelham also now mean that two of the office’s three top management positions are now held by women for the first time, Carney noted. The other top position is held by Peter Willis as Counsel to the District Attorney.

Carney also announced new hires to fill existing vacancies. Leah Nelson, a graduate of the University of Albany and Albany Law School, and Daniel Lennon, a graduate of Syracuse University and Albany Law School are both joining the office.

Regarding the retirements, each of those retiring took advantage of the county’s retirement incentive and each person retiring began work for the county in the 1980s.

Moynihan began work as an assistant district attorney in January 1986. He worked at times as a part-time ADA in Niskayuna and later as a full-time prosecutor who tried dozens of felony cases. He has worked for the past four years as the top assistant district attorney in the office managing the office’s felony case load.

Sanderson began as an investigator in January 1985 and moved to an ADA spot after completing his law degree. As deputy chief ADA, Sanderson’s primary responsibility was to the Grand Jury Bureau. He also tried many cases over his career.

DeMatteo joined the district attorney’s office in November 1981 and continued in the office, serving as the part-time ADA for Rotterdam until his retirement. His 39 years of continuous service as a prosecutor is believed to be the longest tenure in that role in the county’s history, Carney said.

Catuccio joined the county as an investigator with the Department of Social Services in December 1984 and and transferred to the DA’s office in the late 1990s.

Regarding the promotions, new Chief Assistant District Attorney Assini joined the DA’s office in December 1991. She has served as a sex crimes prosecutor, the creator of the office’s forfeiture program and the Bureau Chief of Intelligence and Investigations. 

New Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Tremante-Pelham joined the DA’s office in August 2006 and has been Bureau Chief of the Special Victims Unit and the Homicide Bureau. She has handled many high-profile cases in the office, including gaining murder convictions of Gloria Nelligan, Herman Robinson, Jamal Modest and others.

Lorusso has been a prosecutor for 18 years, the past 15 with Schenectady County. She has held positions with the office including motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud prosecutor, special victims prosecutor and member of the Grand Jury Bureau.

Gray joined the office in February 2010 and has worked as the motor vehicle crimes prosecutor, an ADA in the Special Victims Bureau and in the Major Crimes Bureau.

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