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Background Information

Employment History

Tonawanda News

District Attorney

Niagara County

Education

Bishop Duffy High School

Suffolk University School of Law

law degree

Suffolk Law School

undergraduate college degree

Boston College

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Michael J. Violante, who has ...

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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 ...

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LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) - Michael Violante, the Niagara County District Attorney, is expected to resign on Monday.


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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)
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Violante, 70, a Niagara Falls Republican, had stayed away from his Lockport office last week.
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Donatello also charged that Violante had favored a male prosecutor over her in scheduling and salary in the sex crime unit.
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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.
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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.
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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. ...

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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

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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.


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Niagara County District Attorney Michael J. Violante is the subject of a federal suit filed by one of his assistants claiming discrimination in pay and scheduling. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News file photo)

Niagara County District Attorney Michael J. Violante is the subject of a federal suit filed by one of his assistants claiming discrimination in pay and scheduling. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News file photo)
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Michael J. Violante was supposed to return to work Monday as Niagara County District Attorney after a weeklong vacation. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News file photo)
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The 70-year-old Violante appeared to be in good health, dressed in casual pants and a flannel shirt.
But he refused to answer questions about talk that he may resign.
Im not going to comment on what my plans are, Violante said.
Might that stance change soon?
Im not going to comment on anything, Violante said.
Will he return to work on Monday?
Violante again refused to answer.
You have a right to ask questions, he added, and I have a right not to answer them.
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Donatello also asserted that Violante had made several offensive comments about the figures and clothing of some of the women prosecutors on his staff.
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There may have been as many as two other complaints from female employees about similar comments made to them by Violante, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation who spoke to The News on condition of anonymity.
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Donatello was given permission by a State Supreme Court judge last year to file a second lawsuit against the county, alleging that Violante had retaliated against her for her complaints by reassigning her from prosecuting sex crimes in County Court to handling welfare fraud cases and working in Niagara Falls City Court.
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Violante, a Republican, has been elected district attorney three times, most recently last November, always without opposition. In 2015, the Democratic Party cross-endorsed him for the first time.
If Violante were to resign, according to an oath of office filed during his first week on the job in 2008, Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner apparently would be first in line to become acting district attorney.
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An election will be held in November to fill the Erie County district attorney post, and one would be held in Niagara County if Violante resigns, according to Jennifer A. Fronczak, Republican election commissioner.

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