US Attorney William Hochul to step down at end of October

U.S. Attorney William Hochul

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A well-known name in New York law has announced he will be stepping down near the end of the month.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul will end his 30-year career in the Department of Justice on October 28.

“While the threat to Americans and Western New Yorkers has changed over the decades of my service, it has been my experience that certain fundamental truths have remained constant,” Hochul said. “First, the commitment of law enforcement to protect and serve the public has never wavered, and it has been an honor to work with these heroes. Second, the system in which we operate is truly the best the world has ever seen. Finally, it has been a great privilege to be able to achieve justice for those who have been targeted or hurt by vicious predators, unscrupulous fraudsters, and criminals of every type.”

The U.S. Attorney is the husband of Kathy Hochul, New York’s Lieutenant Governor.

Hochul was nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York by President Barack Obama in 2009. He oversaw cases across 17 counties in the state.

Before this, he served as a law clerk in Maryland and an associate at an international firm based in Washington.

Hochul’s career in the Department of Justice started in 1987 when he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for Washington D.C. In 1991, Hochul returned to Buffalo, his hometown, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the district he currently serves.

Since becoming a U.S. Attorney seven years ago, he has hired 20 Assistant U.S. Attorneys — 40 percent of the current attorney staff.

It is not clear what Hochul plans to do following his departure. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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