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Czajka names staff

Dec 30, 2011 12:06 am
Diane Valden in The Columbia Paper reports that Columbia County District Attorney-elect Paul Czajka hired the following assistant district attorneys:
• David Costanzo, who worked as an ADA for more than 10 years under the last DA, Beth Cozzolino.
• James Carlucci, a Kinderhook attorney, who was appointed and served as town justice, but lost the November election.
• D.J. Cornelius, a Greene County public defender, who is moving to Columbia County.
• Robert Gibson of Kinderhook, who has been an attorney in Columbia County for 10 years. The story does not say whether he is related to Rep. Chris Gibson, the Kinderhook Republican.
• Carl G. Whitbeck, an attorney with the Rapport Meyers law firm in Hudson.
• Neal Conolly, who will continue to work on appeals.
• Lisa Bleau, who worked in Mr. Czajka's office while he was county judge, will be confidential secretary to the new DA. Ms. Bleau was formerly the county clerk.
Mr. Czajka, 57, was first elected DA in 1987 through 1994, when he was elected County Court judge. He resigned last spring in the middle of his second term to run for district attorney again, winning against Democrat Eugene Keeler, also a former DA. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.