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Ms. Beth Cozzolino

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First there were three: incumbent ...
www.midhudsoncentral.com, 2 Nov 2007 [cached]
First there were three: incumbent District Attorney Beth Cozzolino, a Republican; defense lawyer Catherine Leahy Scott, also a Republican, who served as first assistant DA during Ms. Cozzolino's tenure; and Eugene Keeler, who is running with the Democratic Party endorsement, but is enrolled in the Independence Party.
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First there were three: incumbent District Attorney Beth Cozzolino, a Republican; defense lawyer Catherine Leahy Scott, also a Republican, who served as first assistant DA during Ms. Cozzolino's tenure; and Eugene Keeler, who is running with the Democratic Party endorsement, but is enrolled in the Independence Party.
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Ms. Cozzolino defeated Ms. Leahy Scott in the Republican and Conservative primaries.
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Beth Cozzolino
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Ms. Cozzolino provided The Independent with records of the cases that her office has tried.They appear to support her claim.She said the felony conviction rate she cites is compiled from county records. Ms. Cozzolino also offered a list of her most prominent convictions:
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Ms. Cozzolino also arranged for a guilty plea from former Hudson Alderman Quintin Cross in a case of "corruption and official misconduct" related to the misuse of city funds and credit cards.A release from her office defends the sentence of six months in jail and five years probation plus thousands of dollars in restitution as "tough but fair." Ms. Cozzolino has been criticized for not personally prosecuting more cases.Her answer: "Prosecuting a case myself is a real luxury for me. As a professional prosecutor, unlike a sole practitioner, I cannot turn a case down."She added, "With an ever increasing caseload of thousands of cases-ranging from traffic tickets to murder-I know that my duty first and foremost is to do justice.That is why I try the tough cases."Ms. Cozzolino, who cited the Muller case, said she became the "first and only Columbia County District Attorney to personally gain a conviction and double life sentence in a murder case."
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Ms. Cozzolino said that preventing crime and helping victims of crime are as important as prosecuting criminals.To that end she has established the Committee for Safe Schools and an organization for teens called Advocates for Change.She has also established the Adult Protection Task Force to educate seniors on potential crimes they might face and keep them from becoming victims of crime."I have improved services for seniors," said Ms. Cozzolino."We are the first county in the state to give away free emergency cell phones to seniors.This program was so successful that I was appointed to serve on a statewide task force dealing with the prevention of elder abuse," she said. She is an advocate of the Crime Victim Assistance program that connects victims of crimes with vital services and works to help in restoring their lives.The nature of Columbia County has changed, said Ms. Cozzolino, and the District Attorney's Office has kept pace, prosecuting drug trafficking, gang violence, cyber crime, identity theft, exploitation of children over the Internet, white collar crime-threats one might not have imagined in such a rural county.
HUDSON-Career trial attorney Catherine ...
www.midhudsoncentral.com, 23 July 2007 [cached]
HUDSON-Career trial attorney Catherine Leahy Scott has filed enough petition signatures to challenge incumbent Beth Cozzolino in a GOP primary for district attorney September 18.
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Ms. Leahy Scott also will challenge Ms. Cozzolino for the Conservative Party nod.
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Ms. Leahy Scott also sought the designation of the Conservative Party, but party leaders chose the incumbent, Ms. Cozzolino, forcing Ms. Leahy Scott to collect signatures for the opportunity to ballot.
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Ms. Cozzolino, 49, who is seeking her fourth four-year term, was endorsed by the Republicans June 1 and said in a subsequent meeting with The Independent she thinks that preventing crime and helping victims of crime are as important as prosecuting crime.She has established the Committee for Safe Schools: Advocates for Change to engage school age residents, and the Adult Protection Task Force to protect senior citizens.She is an advocate of the Crime Victims Assistance program, which connects victims of crimes with vital services and works to help restore their lives.The nature of Columbia County has changed, said Ms. Cozzolino, and the District Attorney's Office has kept pace, prosecuting drug trafficking, gang violence, cyber crime, identity theft, exploitation of children over the Internet, white collar crime-threats one might not have imagined in such a rural county.
Columbia County, New York Homepage
www.columbiacountyny.com, 19 Oct 2011 [cached]
District Attorney: Beth G. Cozzolino
HUDSON-Three-term incumbent Beth ...
www.midhudsoncentral.com, 7 Sept 2007 [cached]
HUDSON-Three-term incumbent Beth Cozzolino will face her former first assistant district attorney, Catherine Leahy Scott, in Republican and Conservative primaries September 18, with each candidate presenting herself as tough prosecutor.
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Ms. Cozzolino, the official designee of the county Republican Party Committee, says that her record speaks for her ability to do the job well.
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Ms. Cozzolino also has the Conservative Party endorsement, and Ms. Leahy Scott is challenging her on that line too.
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Beth Cozzolino
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Ms. Cozzolino offered a list of her most prominent convictions:
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In a release sent by the D.A.'s Office, Ms. Cozzolino said that "just last month a city of Hudson alderman was sentenced on charges brought by my office for corruption and official misconduct: misusing public funds."
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"I agree that it was a tough sentence," Ms. Cozzolino, in a phone conversation, "tough but fair."In recent weeks, her rival in the primary, Ms. Leahy Scott has charged that Ms. Cozzolino does not personally prosecute enough cases.
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Ms. Cozzolino responded, saying, "Prosecuting a case myself is a real luxury for me. As a professional prosecutor, unlike a sole practitioner, I cannot turn a case down."She added, "With an ever increasing caseload of thousands of cases-ranging from traffic tickets to murder-I know that my duty first and foremost is to do justice.
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Ms. Cozzolino said with the Muller case, she became the "first and only Columbia County District Attorney to personally gain a conviction and double life sentence in a murder case." She said that her success as district attorney is due in large part to the office's teamwork with the State Police, the Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies.Ms. Cozzolino said that preventing crime and helping victims of crime are as important as prosecuting criminals.To that end she has established the Committee for Safe Schools and an organization for teens called Advocates for Change.She has also established the Adult Protection Task Force to educate seniors on potential crimes they might face and keep them from becoming victims of crime."I have improved services for seniors," said Ms. Cozzolino."We are the first county in the state to give away free emergency cell phones to seniors.This program was so successful that I was appointed to serve on a statewide task force dealing with the prevention of elder abuse," she said. She is an advocate of the Crime Victim Assistance program that connects victims of crimes with vital services and works to help in restoring their lives.The nature of Columbia County has changed, said Ms. Cozzolino, and the District Attorney's Office has kept pace, prosecuting drug trafficking, gang violence, cyber crime, identity theft, exploitation of children over the Internet, white collar crime-threats one might not have imagined in such a rural county.
McEachern is a major political supporter ...
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McEachern is a major political supporter of Columbia County District Attorney Beth Cozzolino, his wife's sister.
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Now McEachern and his wife Andrea hosted a fundraiser Saturday, July 9, to kick off Cozzolino's campaign to replace Paul Czajka as Columbia County judge.
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Cozzolino's office recused itself from the McEachern case after it was brought, asking that it be handled by a special prosecutor from the office of Republican Greene County District Attorney Terry Wilhelm.
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WNYT reports District Attorney Beth Cozzolino confirms she is running for Columbia County Judge, which fellow Republican Paul Czajka vacated last week. He announced he was running for Cozzolino's job; a job he held for seven years before being elected judge in 1994. Cozzolino became DA in 1995.
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