A current New York State Assemblyman is hoping to oust the current District Attorney in Washington County this November. Erin Moran has more on the race.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- New York State Assemblyman Tony Jordan attempts to oust incumbent Washington County District Attorney Kevin Kortright.
Jordan said, “The residents of Washington County deserve a district attorney who is going to work very hard, every day, to protect this great way of life that we have. And that's not happening currently.”
The Republican candidate has run a private law practice in Greenwich for 17 years and was formerly an assistant district attorney for the Washington County.
Kortright has been the district attorney for the past eight years and has worked for the district attorney’s office for more than 20 years.
“There's nobody that's done more trials, more grand jury, more court appearances than I have in the last 24 years,” said Kortright.
Jordan's refusal to submit his private attorney-client list to the Moreland Commission has caused controversy between the two candidates.
Kortrigt said, “It's an ethical issue, he can't represent two sides of an issue. He represents the state of New York, he represents Capital Tractor.”
Jordan said submitted the list so violates client confidentiality. But Kortright said he's hiding political corruption, such as accepting campaign donations from clients he represents who continually receive contracts with New York State.
“Clients have an expectation of privacy, the rules mandate that attorneys protect that privilege and I'm simply complying with the rules,” Jordan said.
According to the New York State OGS Website, Capital Tractor did receive business with the state before Jordan joined the assembly.
The two men have very different plans for the district attorney’s office, and Washington County.
Jordan said a lack of management and organizational skills needs to be addressed within the office. He has also suggested revamping the county's drug task force and re-instating a county victim's advocate.
“Creating an office that recognizes they have a significant responsibility and bringing a notion of accountability and responsibility to the office,” he said.
Kortright believes he has already done that during his time in office and will continue to do so. When it comes down to it, Kortright says he hopes the people vote for his experience.
“If the people look at the experience, and not just the political crap, it's hands down. He hasn't done anything,” said Kortright.