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Michael J. Violante, District Attorney
Michael J. Violante, who has served as the Niagara County district attorney since 2008, has resigned.
Violante, 70, announced his resignation on Monday, after a recent sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello last year.
LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) - Michael Violante, the Niagara County District Attorney, is expected to resign on Monday.
Niagara County District Attorney Michael J. Violante will step down from the post he has held since 2008.. (Harry Scull Jr./News file photo)
Niagara County District Attorney Michael J. Violante will step down from the post he has held since 2008.. (Harry Scull Jr./News file photo) Violante, 70, a Niagara Falls Republican, had stayed away from his Lockport office last week. Donatello also charged that Violante had favored a male prosecutor over her in scheduling and salary in the sex crime unit. After her allegations became known, according to court papers, Violante threatened to fire her. She was transferred to Niagara Falls to work on welfare fraud cases, isolating her from the other prosecutors in Lockport. Her federal complaint said, Violante relentlessly demonstrated an inappropriate attitude towards his female subordinates, including plaintiff. Violante made plaintiffs work environment unbearable, repeatedly making off-color comments to or about almost all of the women in the office, including plaintiff. Joerg wouldnt say why Violante is resigning. Violante was not in the office Monday, a secretary said. Joerg said Violante, who has about 12 years of county service, including a four-year stint as public defender before he was first elected DA, will retire with the county paying 50 percent of his health insurance costs for life. He also will receive a partial state pension. He was to have been paid $152,500 this year.
March 21, 2016 Michael J. Violante, who has been Niagara County district attorney since 2008, resigned Monday, apparently under pressure from new sexual harassment allegations where Violante is accused of making unwelcome comments to female colleagues about their figures and clothing choices
Violante, 70, a Niagara Falls Republican, hadstayed awayfrom his Lockport office last week. NC News Service learned that as many as two other female employees in his office had filed sexual harassment complaints against him recently, in the wake of a U.S. District Court lawsuit filed against the county last year by another Assistant District Attorney. Violante, who has about 12 years of county service, including a four- year stint as public defender before he was first elected DA, will retire with the county paying 50 percent of his health insurance costs for life. He also will receive a partial state pension. He was to have been paid $152,500 this year.