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Sol Greenberg ’48 was honored for 67 years of service and
his important contributions made during his tenure as Albany County
District Attorney at an April event hosted by the Albany County Bar
The welcome and introductions as well as the keynote were given by
Richard S. Hartunian ’86, U.S. Attorney, Northern District of New York. The award was presented by Janet M. Silver ’03.
After graduating from Albany Law School, Greenberg practiced
general law with several local firms, then ran his own private practice for
26 years. He was elected to serve as DA in 1976, and held the position for 26
years, one of the longest tenured district attorneys in New York.
Greenberg was the first DA to use DNA as evidence in a 1992
case. His office disposed of 14,277 felony cases and more than 300 homicides in
his career, according to newspaper reports.
During his first term in office, he created a sex offense
unit, which later expanded to crimes against children and domestic violence,
and backed a Rape Crisis Center.
He prosecuted William Slocum, who attempted to extort the
Republican Party of New York for a $25,000 per year. He prosecuted Ralph J.
Tortorici who took 37 University at Albany students hostage in 1993. Tortorici
was found guilty following a trial, and was sentenced to a 20 to 47 year
sentence for assault and kidnapping.
When Greenberg ran for his seventh term in the DA’s office
in 1997, he was endorsed by both the Republican and Democratic parties.
He also created a
court education program for young people, and served as the president of the New York
State DA’s Association. After his retirement in 2000, he was a consultant for
the New York State Police, providing forensic support services on cold cases.
He has been married to Beatrice Raab since 1945, who
recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They have two
children and three grandchildren.