Scott D. McNamara

Oneida County DA sworn in as president of state group

Published Jul 17, 2017 at 4:00pm

Oneida County District Attorney Scott D. McNamara was recently sworn in as president of the District Attorney’s Association of the State of New York, according to an announcement by the statewide organization.

McNamara’s tenure will last one year.

The Oneida County district attorney said that his goals for the year will be to focus on discovery reform, bail reform and speedy trial reform, as well as introducing the DAASNY to social media.

“We share ideas,” McNamara said about DAASNY. He was sworn in as president at a ceremony on July 8.

“The district attorneys throughout the state can work together to improve what we do,” the longtime Oneida County
district attorney added.

DAASNY was founded in 1909 and represents all prosecutors across the state, McNamara said, adding that the organization’s membership includes the 62 county DAs, the assistant DAs, the Attorney
General’s Office as well as
other officials

The group and its members work to standardize policies and procedures for prosecutors across the state, as well as offer and improve criminal justice legislation in the state Senate and Assembly, according to the announcement.

“I think we do a good job of making our positions known and doing it in a professional, friendly way,” McNamara said.

McNamara joined DAASNY in 1996, became a board member in 2007 and joined the executive committee in 2012.

Leadership in DAASNY is not elected, McNamara said. The members of the executive committee each fill a role and then move up in the line of succession after each one-year term is done.

McNamara served as a vice president, then spent 18 months in the position of president-elect before moving into the position of president.

Among his accomplishments with DAASNY, McNamara said he is proud that Oneida County led the way on establishing guidelines for video-recording defendant interrogations.

He also helped form an ethical guidance committee within DAASNY that allows any DA to consult with other prosecutors across the state to overcome an ethical dilemma, McNamara added.

Oneida County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Coluzza is co-chairman of the ethical guidance committee, McNamara added.

After his year is up, McNamara said he will still be a part of DAASNY and several boards and subcommittees within.