Meet William J. Hochul Jr.
By Stephanie Woodrow | January 18, 2010 6:49 pm

William Hochul leaving the Buffalo court house in 2002 after bail hearings for the "Lackawana Six." (Getty Images)

William J. Hochul Jr. (University of Notre Dame, State University of New York at Buffalo) is nominated to replace Terrance P. Flynn as the Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York. Flynn resigned in January 2009 to join the private sector.

Hochul’s vitals:
  • Born in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1959.
  • Has worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Western District of New York since 1991. He’s served stints as chief of the anti-terrorism unit, anti-terrorism advisory council coordinator, chief of the national security division and confidential human source coordinator.
  • Has been an adjunct professor at Hilbert College in Hamburg, N.Y., Niagara University in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.
  • Was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., from 1985 to 1987.
  • Worked as an associate at Finley, Kumble, Wagner, Heine, Underberg, Manley & Casey in Washington, D.C., from 1984 to 1985.
  • Clerked for Judge James F. Couch, Jr. in the Maryland Court of Appeals in Annapolis, Md., from 1982 to 1984. Also clerked in theĀ  U.S. Attorney’s office in the Western District of New York during the summer of 1983 and for Judge William Ostrowski in the New York Supreme Court in Buffalo during the summer of 1982.
  • Was a summer associate at Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel in Buffalo from February 1983 to May 1983.
  • Worked as a legislative assistant to Democrat Dennis Gorski in the New York State Assembly.

Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

On his Office of Government Ethics disclosure form, Hochul reports earning $2,306 from his job at Hilbert College. His filing does not report any liabilities.

UPDATE: On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure, Hochul reports assets of $3.4 million mostly from $1.8 million cash on hand and in banks and his personal and vacation residences valued at a combined $885,000. He reports no liabilities.


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