William Hochul announced on Wednesday that he will leave his position as United States Attorney, and retire from public service after nearly 30 years in the Department of Justice.
U.S. Attorney Hochul will leave his position October 28.
“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.”
President Barack Obama nominated Hochul to serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York in 2009.
Following unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate in 2010, he oversaw the prosecution of all federal criminal cases brought within the 17 counties of Western New York.
Hochul also directed and supervised all other matters occurring in the District in which the United States was a party, including affirmative and defensive civil litigation, appellate matters, forfeiture, and more.
Hochul first joined the Department of Justice in 1987 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.
In this role, he prosecuted an extensive array of violent and white collar criminal cases, and later specialized in the prosecution of first-degree and gang-related murder cases.
Mr. Hochul returned to his hometown of Buffalo when he became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of New York in 1991.
He prosecuted a large number of notorious violent and white collar criminals, fraud, racketeering and intellectual property offenses, and emerging international organized crime groups.
Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Hochul became one of the first federal prosecutors to utilize the federal racketeering laws to dismantle an entire street gang. The prosecution of the “LA Boys” resulted in the murder rate in the City of Buffalo decreasing by nearly 50%.
Mr. Hochul became Chief of the Office’s Anti-Terrorism Unit following September 11, 2001, and Chief of the National Security Division in 2006.
While in these positions, Mr. Hochul served as lead prosecutor in several high-profile international terrorism cases, including the prosecution of the internationally known Lackawanna Six, the first known instance of Americans traveling to train with al Qaeda.
For his role in the Lackawanna Six case, Mr. Hochul and others who worked with him received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service – the highest award conferred by the Department of Justice, as well as a Service to America Award, presented by the Partnership for Public Service.