Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch announced that he is seeking election to a second term this fall. Porsch was elected DA in November 2009 as a candidate of the Republican, Working Families, Independence and Conservative parties.
During his first year in office, Porsch had fulfilled all of his campaign promises:
Budget Cuts. Porsch cut the DA Office budget 18% during his first year, resulting in $127,000 in annual savings for county taxpayers.
DA Car. Shortly after taking office, Porsch sold the DA’s Crown Victoria car at auction for $2,800, and turned over the money to the county.
Courts. Porsch regularly prosecutes cases at all four levels of the State court system: village and town courts, County Court, Appellate Division of Supreme Court, and Court of Appeals.
Non-political Office. Porsch established a non-political office that is staffed evenly with Republicans, Democrats and Independents. He has prohibited political activity within the office.
Outside Contract Attorneys. Immediately upon taking office, Porsch terminated the services of all outside legal counsel who were performing appeal work for the DA office. Instead, Porsch saves taxpayer money by performing the appeal work himself.
Porsch cited these additional achievements as DA over the past three years:
Trials. Within three years, Porsch has singularly prosecuted 11 trials. He also has several additional trials scheduled this year, including Seneca County’s first murder case in 13 years, in which it is alleged that the defendant killed his own son and improperly received life insurance proceeds.
DWI. Seneca County ranks no. 5 out of 62 NY counties in successful DWI prosecutions. The Seneca County D.A. Office has one of the toughest DWI prosecution policies in the State. Porsch himself prosecutes all DWI trials that occur in the county.
Appeals. Porsch has an unprecedented 27 consecutive wins at the appellate level. He has never lost a case on appeal.
Welfare Fraud. Established a unique welfare fraud prosecution unit with Dept. of Human Services and Sheriff investigators that targets convicted drug dealers and major thieves who received welfare benefits, but failed to report their illegal income to the County.
Federal Law Enforcement. Porsch has established a working relationship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies. As a result, they have either assisted in, or taken over, the investigation and prosecution of complex cases.
Training. Porsch was one of a handful of prosecutors across the country selected by the U.S. Secret Service to attend 2 1/2 weeks of training on computer and cell phone forensics as well as identity theft investigations at its headquarters and Computer Forensics Institute at no cost to county taxpayers. Porsch has been selected by the New York Prosecutor’s Training Institute to teach DWI trial skills to other prosecutors.
Prior to being elected D.A., Porsch worked as a staff attorney for 15 years at the Appellate Division of N.Y.S. Supreme Court. Porsch is a graduate of Cornell University and the Syracuse University College of Law, and formerly served as a Seneca Falls Village Judge. Prior to attending college, he worked 13 years as a mechanic at two local factories. Porsch resides in Seneca Falls with his wife, Kathleen.