Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy made Assistant District Attorney Philip Mueller a Patroon during his retirement party Wednesday evening.
Mueller worked at the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office for more than 25 years. He successfully tried more than 20 murder cases.
McCarthy and Mueller worked together at the DA’s office, where McCarthy served as an investigator for 30 years before being elected mayor in 2011.
"The work you have done in terms of closure, justice and creating a level of deterrence is unequal and something we cannot repay," McCarthy said to a packed house at Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. "I'm proud to make you a Patroon of the city."
Also at the retirement party was former Schenectady Police Chief Brian Kilcullen, who spoke about his time working with Mueller alongside Assistant Chiefs Michael Seber and Jack Falvo.
"You have been a mentor to so many officers and detectives and you have taught me a lot," Kilcullen said.
Falvo said, "Our cases will forever be Muellerized." He added, "I'm surprised we're the first to say that."
Seber said, "From a budget standpoint, which I oversaw for many years, the dude crushed us."
Mueller, from Little Falls, came to Schenectady for school. He graduated from Union College in 1975 and went to Cornell Law School.
He became friends with District Attorney Robert Carney while an undergraduate at Union. The two have been friends ever since. Pictures of the two were shown as part of a slideshow during the retirement party.
Mueller has received several awards including the Schenectady County Bar Association Lawyer of the Year, NYPTY Trial Lawyer of the Year and First Morgenthau Award from the State District Attorney Association.
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