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Robert M. Carney - Schenectady County District Attorney


District Attorney

Mission Statement

The District Attorney’s Office will endeavor to keep the people of Schenectady County safe by vigorously prosecuting those who commit crimes while safeguarding the rights of victims of crime and those who are accused of crime.

The District Attorney’s Office represents the People of the State of New York in the prosecution of all criminal cases in the village, town, city, and county courts of Schenectady County. Duties include the presentation of felony cases to the grand jury for indictment, conducting hearings, trials, negotiating pleas and representing the People at all phases of a criminal action, including appeals. The District Attorney’s Office is divided into various prosecution bureaus consisting of City/Local Court, County Court, Grand Jury, Appeals, Investigations/Financial Crimes, Major Crimes, and Special Victims. The District Attorney’s Office has secured and administers grant-funded programs from state, federal and private sources in 10 different areas including programs to fight domestic violence, to prosecute gun crimes and gang violence, to assist the victims of crime, to improve the investigation of crimes against children, to prosecute white collar crime that leads to recovery of state revenues, and to provide police with wireless surveillance cameras to monitor high-crime areas and equipment to record interrogations. An established Child Advocacy Center helps serve those involved in child abuse and assault cases as well as their families.  An active Victims/Witness Advocate Program helps victims navigate the process and provides support.  A strong support system of investigators and administrative staff assist in all aspects where needed.


In the News

     On July 28, 2021, Joel Steinhoff (4/13/73), a resident of Scotia, pled guilty to 2 counts of Rape in the Third Degree, a class E felony. He admitted to having sexual intercourse with someone…

Annual Picnic for the Parents of Murdered Children to be held on 

August 29, 2021 from 12 pm - 4 pm 

at Schenectady's Central Park Pavilion


     Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney announced that Justin Walker, Sr., 36, was sentenced on Friday, July 23, 2021 after a jury convicted him in May of three felony charges.…

On July 19, 2021, Joshua Vasquez aka “Flex” (dob: 3/25/1994), a resident of the City of Schenectady, was sentenced based upon his prior guilty pleas, which occurred, on May 20, 2021, to: one count…