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Biography

Honorable P. David SoaresThe Honorable P. David Soares

Albany County District Attorney

David Soares was elected Albany County District Attorney in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.  One of his first priorities as District Attorney was to establish bureaus headed by experienced leaders, reinforcing his commitment to vertical prosecution and to the practice of “One Standard of Justice.”

During his two terms in office, David has redefined the role of the District Attorney to emphasize public integrity and crime prevention.

Additionally, David has shifted the criminal enterprise prosecution paradigm by taking action against the leaders of organizations instead of low-level offenders.

Since taking office, David has instituted numerous initiatives including the Victim Advocacy Program in partnership with the UAlbany School of Social Welfare, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.) and the Safe Homes – Safe Streets Initiative. He also created the Financial Crimes Unit, the Public Integrity Unit, the Bring It to the Courts basketball league and other youth diversion programs.

David became an Assistant District Attorney and Albany County’s first Community Prosecutor under District Attorney Sol Greenberg. As the Community Prosecutor, he established the Community Accountability Board, which continues to successfully involve community members in deterring youth from crime and drugs.

David Soares received a B.S. in Communications from Cornell University and a J.D. from Albany Law School.