Albany County Candidates for District Attorney David Soares and Roger Cusick Debate at Albany Law School

Robert Magee, staff writer, RMagee@albanylaw.edu & Steven Sharp, staff writer, SSharp@albanylaw.edu

The Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom at Albany Law School was at capacity tonight, October 6, 2008, for the first debate in the race for the Albany County District Attorney between Albany Law alumni David Soares and Roger Cusick.

The race has been tranquil on its surface.  During the summer it appeared as if Mr. Soares, the incumbent, would run unopposed.  Yet whispers of a challenger had been creeping through the county and on August 17 reached the tenor necessary to put Roger Cusick on the ballot as the Integrity Party nominee.1 Though the petitions which Mr. Cusick needed to put his name on the ballot where challenged,2 his name remained there. Since then, Mr. Cusick’s last-minute campaign has gained a certain amount of momentum among disaffected democrats and insatiable republicans and he’s secured both labor and police endorsements.3 Signs for both have sprouted up around the city to replace flowers retreating into winter.

If Mr. Cusick’s record in this arena lacks indicators of success in this sort of endeavor, it doesn’t lack for experience.  Last summer, Cusick launched a long shot campaign against deeply entrenched Albany County Executive Michael Breslin,4 and in 2004 he ran a similar campaign against Soares.5 Continue reading “Albany County Candidates for District Attorney David Soares and Roger Cusick Debate at Albany Law School”