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Vehicular Crimes Unit Bureau Chief Mary Tanner-Richter Awarded National Traffic Safety Prosecutor of the Year

Albany County District Attorney David Soares

 

 

Community News Press Release

April 30, 2015

 

 

Vehicular Crimes Unit Bureau Chief

 

Mary Tanner-Richter Awarded

 

National Traffic Safety Prosecutor of the Year

 

    Mary Tanner-Richter Vehicular Crimes
 

 

ALBANY, NY –  District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that Vehicular Crimes Unit Bureau Chief Mary Tanner-Richter has been named the 2015 National Traffic Safety Prosecutor of the Year by the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators (NAPC).

 

 

From the NAPC Press Release:


 

 

                                   

Albany County, New York Assistant District Attorney Receives National Traffic Safety Award

The National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators (NAPC) has selected Mary Tanner-Richter, Assistant District Attorney in Albany County, New York, as the recipient of its 2015 National Traffic Safety Prosecutor of the Year Award.  NAPC is the national association of Prosecutor Coordinators and staff who provide leadership, training, legislative advocacy and support services for America's 78,000 state and local prosecutors.  NAPC, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), annually presents the award to a prosecutor who has worked to save lives in impaired driving and vehicular homicide cases.

Mary Tanner-Richter has been an Assistant District Attorney in the Albany County District Attorney’s office since February 2001, and is currently the Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Unit. She has specialized in the area of vehicular crimes prosecution since 2004 and was instrumental in creating the Albany County District Attorney’s Vehicular Crimes Unit in 2008.

“Mary brings a wealth of experience to prosecuting DWI and other impaired driving cases, but her real passion is securing justice for the families of vehicular homicide victims,” said Albany County District Attorney David Soares.  In nominating Ms. Tanner-Richter, DA Soares noted not only her outstanding trial work, but the extra effort she provides every day to make the streets of Albany County safer.  Ms. Tanner-Richter trains Bar and Tavern Owners throughout the Capital Region, is a member of the Albany District Attorney’s Office DWI Advisory Board, the Albany County STOP-DWI Program, and currently sits on the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Council Taskforce on Impaired Driving Enforcement Team.

“Mary Tanner-Richter has exhibited true leadership in DWI and vehicular homicide prosecution in New York for several years,” said Susan Valle, Executive Director of the New York Prosecutor’s Training Institute.  “This national recognition for her outstanding commitment to traffic safety prosecution makes all prosecutors in New York extremely proud of her.”

Her previous recognitions include the 2011 Recognition of Excellence Award presented by New York State STOP DWI, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.  Albany County STOP DWI presented her the Daniel S. Dwyer Memorial Award in December 2012 to honor her commitment to justice for victims of DWI crimes.

Ms. Tanner-Richter will receive her national award on July 17th at the NAPC Summer Meeting in Chicago, IL.

 

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For more information about Mary's work at the DA's Office please check out the Vehicular Crimes Unit homepage, or contact Cecilia Walsh at (518) 275-4710.


For information about the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators, please contact Thomas M. Robertson, NAPC Executive Director, at [email protected], or 517-402-8177.  

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