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Soares kicks off reelection campaign with rallies
Spotlight News - July 2, 2012

Candidates for Albany County District Attorney go door to door to connect with voters
WNYT NBC-13 - June 30, 2012

Soares receives endorsement from Independence Party
YNN Hudson Valley - June 30, 2012

DA Soares continues campaign kickoff
WXXA Fox-23 - June 26, 2012

New York needs one standard for all thieves
Times Union - June 18, 2012

Soares seeks a third term
YNN Capital Region - June 4, 2012

A Clyne praises Soares
Times Union - June 4, 2012

Trolley to help Albany youths
Times Union - April 12, 2012

ENOUGH holds Easter Egg hunt in Albany
YNN - April 7, 2012

McEneny waves off, Albany Dems back Breslin, Soares
Times Union - March 28, 2012

David Soares appears on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter
WCNY The Capitol Pressroom - March 22, 2012

No repeat of 2011 destruction, officials vow
Times Union - March 16, 2012

David Soares appears on YNN's Capital Tonight
YNN Capital Region - February 29, 2012

David Soares interview on WAMC
WAMC - February 28, 2012

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. honored
YNN Capital Region - January 16, 2012

United Auto Workers honors Soares for social justice, Occupy
Times Union - January 13, 2012

Occupy Wall Street: Albany D.A. David Soares on peaceful protest tactics
Current TV (Countdown with Keith Olbermann) - October 24, 2011

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Press Releases

DISTRICT ATTORNEY SOARES FILES MORE THAN 6,000 SIGNATURES ON DESIGNATING PETITIONS FOR RE-ELECTION EFFORT(July 12, 2012)
DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID SOARES KICKS OFF RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN
(June 4, 2012)
STATEMENT ON RETIREMENT OF ASSEMBLYMAN RONALD CANESTRARI
(Apr. 10, 2012)
STATEMENT REGARDING ALBANY CO. DEM. COMMITTEE ENDORSEMENT
(Mar. 28, 2012)
SOARES RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN COMES OUT AHEAD
(Jan. 18, 2012)
SOARES: WE SHARE THE SAME CHALLENGES AS DR. KING FACED (Jan. 16, 2012)
DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID SOARES TO RECEIVE SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD (Jan. 13, 2012)
JUNE 9TH FUNDRAISER A HUGE SUCCESS (Jun. 9, 2011)


DISTRICT ATTORNEY SOARES FILES MORE THAN 6,000 SIGNATURES ON DESIGNATING PETITIONS FOR RE-ELECTION EFFORT

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 12, 2012) --- Albany County District Attorney David Soares today announced that he has filed Democratic designating petitions containing 6,010 signatures to secure a place on the ballot for the District Attorney’s race. That is more than three times the number needed to be on the ballot for the Democratic primary on September 13.

"I am deeply honored by this show of support from all areas of Albany County,” the District Attorney said. “In my conversations with county residents over the last five weeks, people have told me that we are making great strides in improving the quality of life. In the weeks ahead, I am looking forward to highlighting my work in Albany County and putting forth a positive message.”

The District Attorney is seeking his third term in office. Since he formally announced his intention to seek re-election in June, Soares has garnered the endorsement of numerous local leaders, activists, organized labor and elected officials. “While we’ve accomplished much in the last four years, we have so much more to do,” the District Attorney said.

“I remain committed to enhancing our partnerships with local law enforcement and government leaders, our schools and the community to keep our county moving forward. We cannot go back to the old way of doing business, too much is at stake.

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DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID SOARES KICKS OFF RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN ACADEMY PARK IN ALBANY

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 4, 2012) --- Albany County District Attorney David Soares today formally announced his intention to seek a third term to serve as District Attorney. Soares’ announcement took place with hundreds of community supporters, friends and family at historic Academy Park in downtown Albany, which is where he first announced his intention to run for District Attorney in June of 2004.

“We have made much progress in our effort to build hope and fight crime here in Albany County,” Soares said. “But we have so much more work to do and I will do that when I am re-elected in November.”

“I will continue to work as hard as I can to ensure that each and every crime victim has a voice in our criminal justice system, that those who commit crime are brought to justice. We will continue to continue our work to show young people that turning to crime is not the answer. I believe that fairness and equity are cornerstones of our criminal justice system, and that my approach of “One Standard of Justice” has transformed the lives of the people of Albany County.

The District Attorney accomplishments over the past four years include: including instituting a zero tolerance policy for those charged with alcohol-related driving offenses and maximizing county resources by investing in technology and significantly improving the handling of evidence.

“It’s important to that we provide the services to county residents as efficiently as possible,” Soares said. “The county’s fiscal condition requires that we operate the District Attorney’s office like a business.”

Since he took office in 2005, the District Attorney’s office has :

  • Instituted the ENOUGH program, which has taken hundreds criminals and illegal guns off the streets of Albany County.
  • Cracked down on drunk driving by expanding the prosecution of alcohol-related offenses, while providing greater access to treatment for DWI offenders. Albany County has led the way in working with local bars and restaurants to enhance our education and enforcement capabilities. The county has drastically improved its record on enforcement and prosecution of DWI New York State.
  • Created a Financial Crimes Bureau to combat fraud, while obtaining millions of dollars in restitution for crime victims, businesses, and local governments. The bureau also investigates cases relating to caregiver theft, credit card fraud and cases where workers were not paid the wages they earned. 
  • Developed the “Making Crime Pay” program, which uses monies confiscated from criminals to good use by purchasing needed equipment for local police departments and neighborhood associations.
  • Boosted the county’s crime prevention and advocacy efforts on behalf of domestic violence victims, senior citizens and victims of violent crime.
  • Aggressively pursued criminals who use the Internet to endanger children, engage in fraud or commit identity theft.
  • Enhanced prosecution of those who abuse animals, which can lead to more serious criminal behavior.
  • Established a Public Integrity Unit, which is responsible for prosecuting state and local officials who misuse public office for their own gain.

One of the highlights of the District’s Attorney’s tenure is his creation of the ENOUGH program. This innovative approach to fighting crime and building hope is focused on fostering relationships in the community and providing young people the opportunity to participate in engaging community activities. With the help of Pastor Charlie Muller, the District Attorney has instilled a sense of community pride and ownership that has surpassed expectations. Programs in the ENOUGH program include a gun buyback program, which has taken more than 450 guns off the streets, seasonal activities and the purchase and restoration of two trollies, which are used to provide safe transportation to programs and activities. 

The District Attorney has created a special outreach program and has allocated staff to provide assistance to elderly crime victims. Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) is designed to encourage the reporting of crimes perpetrated against seniors. Once notified, a prosecutor and investigator and victim advocate travel to the home of the senior. SALT provides a safe way for seniors to report crimes without fear of retaliation or harassment. This program has been highly successful in enabling seniors overcome their fear of reporting crimes.

The District Attorney’s office has also worked to develop innovative ways to punish first-time non-violent offenders who commit quality of life crimes. The Community Accountability Board provides a way for these offenders to work with the board to ensure that the offender participates in community service and to minimize the risk of recidivism. This differs from the typical court proceeding where the fate of the defendant is negotiated by a prosecutor, the public defender and the judge.

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STATEMENT FROM DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID SOARES ON RETIREMENT OF ASSEMBLYMAN RONALD CANESTRARI

ALBANY, N.Y. (Apr. 10, 2012) --- Albany County District Attorney David Soares has issued the following statement regarding Assembly Majority Leader Ronald Canestrari’s announcement on Tuesday morning that he will be retiring:

“For nearly four decades, Ron Canestrari has been a dedicated and tireless public servant to not only the people of Cohoes as their mayor, but across Albany County and the State of New York as a member of the Assembly. As the dean of the Capital Region delegation and as majority leader, Ron has been committed to advocating on behalf our county and region within state government. I wish him the best of luck in his retirement.”

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STATEMENT BY DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID SOARES REGARDING HIS ENDORSEMENT FROM THE ALBANY COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE

ALBANY, N.Y. (Mar. 28, 2012) --- Albany County District Attorney David Soares has issued the following statement regarding his endorsement from the Albany County Democratic Committee from their meeting on Wed., Mar. 28 at the Polish Community Center:

“I am tremendously humbled and appreciative of the endorsement from the Albany County Democratic Committee. This endorsement confirms that my ‘one standard of justice’ approach to fighting crime has the support of the committeemen and women across Albany County. The efforts of my office to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community has the committee's resounding approval and they are eager to take that message to the every democratic door across the County,”

“I thank Chairman Matt Clyne, the candidate selection committee, the committee as a whole, and my supporters for standing with me as we continue to keep our county’s neighborhoods safe, secure, and strong. We can only achieve this by working together. It is an honor to have the backing of those who believe in Democratic values behind me this re-election year,”

“As a county, we have significant challenges ahead and each challenge can only be addressed by collaboration. This is a big step in that direction. I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Albany County.”

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SOARES RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN COMES OUT AHEAD
Close to $60,000 in contributions reflect District Attorney Soares's continued popularity throughout Albany County

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 18, 2012) --- Nearly $60,000 has been raised for the re-election of Albany County District Attorney David Soares for the January 2012 NYS Board of Elections fundraising filing deadline, close to double the amount his opponent raised in the same period.

A breakdown of contributions to the campaign, show a total of 228 supporters, of which 144 gave an average of $38. An additional 64 contributors gave an average of $188.  Remaining contributions were donated by a variety of labor and civic leaders.

Labor’s support was quite significant, coming from Unions spanning all trades including, teachers, carpenters, bricklayers, laborers, electricians, ironworkers, communication workers, masonry workers, carpenters, boilermakers, teamsters, auto workers, and public employees. Soares’ track record of protecting the integrity of workers’ pensions, enforcing prevailing wage laws, and defending workplace health and safety standards is a testament to why he wins union support hands-down.  

Soares has received broad support for his equal justice for all approach. His office has demonstrated that justice works when evenly applied. His record of prosecuting both violent offenders and economic criminals reflects the strength of his tenure.

“The broad support for my re-election has been humbling, to say the least. Our successful fundraising efforts confirm that the people of Albany County approve of our record of protecting their rights while bringing justice to crime victims and their families,” says Soares.

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SOARES: WE SHARE THE SAME CHALLENGES AS DR. KING FACED
District Attorney delivers message of progress and continued work

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 16, 2012) --- Albany County District Attorney David Soares joined students, labor leaders, parents, civic leaders, and religious leaders at the 14th Annual Martin Luther King Labor Celebration on Monday morning at Hackett Middle School, delivering the keynote speech that emphasized the progress Albany County and the nation has made in the last 50 years.

“We would be fooled to say that we have arrived. Don’t get me wrong – we have made steps, but despite all the progress done locally and nationally, much needs to be done,” said Soares.

The celebration, organized by the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee led by Willie Hughes, also included presentations by the Upstate Campaign to End the New Jim Crow (NLC) and remarks by Siena professor Dr. Paul Murray and RPI student/Occupy Albany supporter Dan Lyles.

“We have a Supreme Court of the United States recognizing a corporation’s right to expression, but local governments trying to limit the voice of everyday people like you and me who want to occupy a space,” Soares continued.

The event also recognized the winners of the Alan B. Lubin Essay Award, given to students at the middle school level. The winners were Eneath Fite (North Albany Academy), Yamata Bell (Stephen & Harriet Myers Middle School), and Eileen Bequette (Hackett Middle School).

Soares previously delivered the keynote speech in 2006 during his first term as District Attorney.

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DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID SOARES TO RECEIVE SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
Soares to accept UAW award at ceremony in Hartford, Conn.

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 13, 2012) --- Albany County District Attorney David Soares will accept the United Auto Workers (UAW) Social Justice award at the UAW Local 9A Civil Rights Dinner on Friday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. in Hartford, Conn.

The award, being distributed at the Hartford Hilton, is given annually to “an individual or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the struggle for the cause for fairness of all people,” according to the UAW.

“We are proud to be honoring David Soares at our Annual Civil Rights Dinner,” said UAW Region 9A Director Julie Kushner. “David has shown courage and leadership in upholding the law by defending free speech and the right to assemble for those individuals who are peacefully protesting with Occupy Albany.”

“I am honored to receive this award, especially from the UAW, who are tireless champions of protecting workers’ rights. As I have done in the past, I will continue to protect and serve the people of Albany County with dedication and fairness” said Soares.

In addition to the Social Justice award, UAW Local 9A is also distributing the Benny Thorton-Civil Rights and Activism awards at the event.

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JUNE 9TH FUNDRAISER A HUGE SUCCESS
Large publci showing of support for Albany County D.A. David Soares

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jun. 9, 2011) ---We received broad support from a coalition of law enforcement, state and local elected officials from the Democratic, Working Families and Independence parties, community groups, and Capital District labor leaders at a fundraiser at Taste restaurant in Albany last night.

Officials and leaders came together to celebrate District Attorney Soares’ record of equal justice for all residents of Albany County. During his first two terms, DA Soares has demonstrated that justice works when evenly applied. His Public Integrity Unit, for example, has achieved groundbreaking convictions of elected officials such as former Comptroller Alan Hevesi and former state health commissioner  Antonia Novello.  His record of prosecuting both violent offenders and economic criminals is a strength of his tenure.

"It was the frustration of one that mobilized the energy of hundreds, which in turn channeled the voices of thousands. Those voices – which the political establishment and the legal elites ignored - know that this office belongs to the people. In 2012, we will remind them once again," DA Soares said.

Albany County Sheriff James Campbell spoke at the event. "The people of Albany and the members of Albany County law enforcement are fortunate to have such a dedicated and visionary leader fighting the good fight - the fight for equal justice for all," Sheriff Campbell said. "I hope that the collaboration David has forged with the Albany County Sheriff's Department will be continued by my successor."

"In 2004 and 2008, David Soares ran as the candidate for change. In 2012, David will run as the candidate for change that works," Karen Scharff, co-chair of the Working Families Party and executive director of Citizen Action of New York, said at the event. "As promised, David has come through for the working families of Albany County. He has successfully prosecuted corrupt politicians who always got a pass in the old days. He has also taken a smart, effective approach to locking up violent criminals, not low-level, non-violent drug offenders."

Teamsters Local 294 President John Bulgaro also attended. "David Soares wins union support hands-down.  We are here to support David tonight because of his track record of protecting the integrity of workers’ pensions, enforcing prevailing wage laws, and defending workplace health and safety standards. We believe he is by far the best person for the job, for union members and for our community," Mr. Bulgaro said.

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