Richard Hartunian '86, a federal prosecutor and former Albany County assistant district attorney, has been nominated by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer to become the next U.S. Attorney for New York State's Northern District.
Hartunian, 48, was one of four finalists seeking Senator Schumer's nomination. The senator's nomination of Hartunian must now be approved by President Barack Obama, who is ultimately responsible for making the appointment, then confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
After graduating from Albany Law School, Hartunian worked for more than seven years as an assistant prosecutor in Albany Countys drug unit. Twelve years ago, he joined the U.S. attorney's office, where he is now chief of the Organized Crime Drug Task Force for the U.S. Attorney's office in Albany.
Hartunian would be the first presidentially appointed U.S. attorney in Albany in decades. The office is headquartered in Syracuse, but Hartunian would be allowed to commute from Albany to Syracuse and work out of both offices.