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February 14, 2013

ADA honored for 'exemplary' effort

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton County Assistant District Attorney Douglas Collyer’s work has gained him state recognition.

He was honored with the 2013 Robert M. Morgenthau Award in late January at the annual Winter Conference of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York in Manhattan.

“I’m humbled and honored and surprised,” Collyer said. “I definitely thank Andy (DA Andrew Wylie) for nominating me and putting his trust in me to really do my job the way I see fit.”

That flexibility enables Collyer, 30, to stay true to what he believes.

“(It’s) the sense that, no matter what, my only job is to do the right thing.”

‘PRESTIGIOUS AWARD’

The award is generally bestowed upon seasoned prosecutors with 20 or more years of experience, Collyer said. 

He has served in the post for five years.

“The Morgenthau award is one of the most prestigious awards an assistant district attorney in New York state can receive,” Clinton County District Attorney Andrew J. Wylie said in a press release. 

“Assistant District Attorney Collyer’s shown devotion in his role as a prosecutor was evident from the beginning of his employment with this office. He is a very thorough prosecutor and an asset to Clinton County.”

Four assistant district attorneys, who each represent a designated area of the state, are honored with the award each year. 

The area that comprises Clinton County extends from the North Country west to Syracuse, south to Albany and also includes Binghamton, Ithaca and Elmira.

Awardees exemplify Morgenthau’s “high standard of honesty, integrity and commitment to justice,” the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office said in the release.

The award, first presented in 2010, is named for former New York County District Attorney Morgenthau, who retired in 2009 after 35 years in office and the prosecution of many high-profile cases. Among his many accomplishments, he was known for his attention not only to violent crime but to white-collar crime in Manhattan, according to the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

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