US Attorney Bill Hochul to step down after 30 year career

Hochul will leave his position October 28th
Posted at 5:07 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 19:02:57-04

US Attorney William Hochul will leave his position as US Attorney and retire from public service after nearly 30 years in the Department of Justice.

His last day will be on October 28th.

President Obama nominated Hochul to serve as US Attorney for the Western District of New York in 2009. He joined the Department of Justice in 1987 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Perhaps among the most famous of Hochul's accomplishments include the prosecution of the "LA Boys" in the early 1990s, which lowered the murder rate in the City of Buffalo by 50%, and the prosecution of the "Lackawanna Six" the first known instance of Americans traveling to train with al Qaeda.

“While the threat to Americans and Western New Yorkers has changed over the decades of my service, it has been my experience that certain fundamental truths have remained constant,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “First, the commitment of law enforcement to protect and serve the public has never wavered, and it has been an honor to work with these heroes. Second, the system in which we operate is truly the best the world has ever seen. Finally, it has been a great privilege to be able to achieve justice for those who have been targeted or hurt by vicious predators, unscrupulous fraudsters, and criminals of every type.”

No reason has been given for Hochul's decision to step down.