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January 24, 2014 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFioreDistrict Attorney Janet DiFiore accepts the Frank S. Hogan Award has been named the 2014 recipient of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York's Frank S. Hogan award.

The Frank S. Hogan Award is named after the legendary DA Frank Hogan, who served as the New York County District Attorney for 32 years from 1942 to 1974. He was known as "Mr. Integrity."

District Attorney Hogan is recognized as creating the modern day prosecutor's office by developing a national reputation for excellence and fairness. This award in his name is presented to a prosecutor who best exemplifies the values for which Frank Hogan stood: prosecution of the guilty without fear or favor, non-partisan staffing, an insistence on the highest ethical standards among all assistant district attorneys and pursuit of excellence in the practice of law.

The awardee is nominated by his/her peers from District Attorney Offices in all 62 Counties across New York State.

This year's Hogan Award recipient and past president of DAASNY, District Attorney Janet DiFiore has dedicated her career to public service as both a former Judge and a prosecutor in Westchester County, New York.

She was elected as District Attorney in 2005 and re-elected in 2009 and 2013. Her 238-person office includes 119 Assistant District Attorneys, 34 Investigators and 85 support personnel. Together they prosecute approximately 40,000 cases each year.

District Attorney DiFiore had served as an Assistant District Attorney in Westchester County for more than ten years, and as Chief of Narcotics for the last four and a half of those years.

As Chief of Narcotics, she coordinated drug enforcement and prosecution efforts within Westchester County on behalf of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Elected as a Judge of the Westchester County Court in 1998 and as a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court in 2002, District Attorney DiFiore presided over hundreds of cases in Westchester County Court, Family Court and the New York State Supreme Court.

In 2003, District Attorney DiFiore was appointed by then Chief Judge Judith Kaye to serve as the Supervising Judge for the Criminal Courts in the 9th Judicial District, with oversight responsibility of the criminal courts of Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and Putnam Counties.

"The Hogan Award honors a district attorney who best exemplifies the values for which DA Hogan stood – integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice and fairness for all – and DA DiFiore is a wonderful example of this as confirmed by her peers in the DA's Association of the State of New York," said Kathleen Rice, Nassau County District Attorney and President of the District Attorneys Association of State of New York.

"I am deeply honored to have been chosen as this year's recipient of the District Attorneys Association Frank S. Hogan Award. The qualities DA Hogan embodied as a prosecutor, honesty, non partisanship and incorrupablity, are the very same qualities that I have strived to achieve throughout my career as an assistant district attorney, Judge and now District Attorney. To receive this honor in DA Hogan's name and be among the distinguished list of previous award recipients is truly gratifying," said Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

The Awards Luncheon caps off DAASNY's 2014 three-day Winter Conference.

Subcommittee meetings, legislative updates, a President's Reception and a CLE addressing Vehicular Crimes Prosecutions were some of the events that preceded the awards luncheon keynoted by former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.