Posted: Feb 1, 2021 / 10:38 GMT-0500
Updated: February 1, 2021 / 10:38 GMT-0500
From the Cortland District Attorney’s Office Patrick Perfetti:
Cortland, NY – Cortland District Attorney Patrick Perfetti was elected to the Board of Directors of the New York State Attorneys’ Association (DAASNY) on Friday, January 29, 2021, along with Ontario District Attorney Jim Ritts, due to the annual winter conference due the Covid pandemic is practically taking place this year.
“It is really humbling to be voted into a leadership position among such an outstanding group of peers
Professionals. “This recognition stems from DA Perfetti’s hard work during the first term of DAASNY’s Ethics Advisory Committee and his willingness to travel to Albany to take legislative initiatives on behalf of the association. and testify before the New York State Senate Codes Committee.
DA Perfetti is the only elected prosecutor on DAASNY’s Ethics Advisory Committee, which serves prosecutors as a nationwide ethical education resource and provides opinion guidelines on specific issues.
The Ethics Guidance Committee also works on The Right Thing – Ethical Guidance for Prosecutors. Although the profound changes to the criminal law laws that came into force in 2019 were made without input from DAASNY, statements by DA Perfetti and other association members resulted in this year’s budget proposing funds to support discovery compliance, which are required due to the changes to the Discovery Act issued in 2019.
Mr. Perfetti was born in Cortland County and graduated from Homer Central High School. He was first elected District Attorney in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. He lives in Cortland with his wife Carol and their two children.
Mr. Perfetti served in the US Navy for 27 years, including two missions to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005 to 2007. He retired as Navy Commander in 2014. He has also served as a prosecutor for McGraw, Lapeer, Cortland and Homer, and ran a successful private law firm for 20 years.