The Western District of New York has one branch office located at 100 State Street, in Rochester, N.Y.. Rochester is located within Monroe County, which borders Lake Ontario to the north. Monroe is one of nine counties served by the Rochester Branch Office. The other counties are Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates.
Rochester, which sits approximately 73 miles east of Buffalo, has a population of just over 200,000 and a metropolitan area population of just over 1 million people. Both figures are slightly less than Buffalo and puts Rochester just behind Buffalo as the third largest city in the state of New York. The second largest city in the district is Elmira, with a population of approximately 30,000. Elmira is located within Chemung county, which borders Pennsylvania to the south.
The Attorney-in-Charge of the Rochester Branch Office is Bret Puscheck, who has been with the office since 1998 and has held his current position since 2006. Mr. Puscheck also serves as the Deputy Narcotics Chief. Prior to appointment as an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Puscheck served as an Assistant District Attorney for Monroe County from 1989 to 1998. He obtained his law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988 and was admitted to both the New York and Massachusetts Bars in 1989. Mr. Puscheck was also admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1999.
The Rochester Branch Office is located within the Kenneth B. Keating Federal Building and houses a staff of 33, including 16 attorneys. Western District of New York General Crimes Chief Richard A. Resnick and Narcotics and Organized Crimes Chief, Brett A. Harvey, work out of the Rochester Branch Office.