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Administrative Division

Martha Stratton, Administrative Officer

The Administrative Division consists of Budget and Finance, Human Resources, Support Services, and Office Automation and Information Systems. The purpose of the Administrative Division is to provide a full range of office support, as well as to advise and assist the United States Attorney and management officials on administrative matters.


Appellate Division

Steven D. Clymer, Chief

The Appellate Division is responsible for the litigation of criminal appeals arising from our prosecutions and the oversight of our civil appeals. The responsibilities of the Appellate Division include writing briefs and presenting arguments in the circuit court of appeal, assisting other AUSAs in drafting and editing briefs, and conducting moot courts and otherwise preparing AUSAs for oral arguments.


Civil Division

Thomas Spina, Chief

The Civil Division defends federal agencies and employees in tort claims, constitutional torts, medical malpractice, bankruptcy, and general civil litigation. It also pursues affirmative civil enforcement actions under, inter alia, the False Claims Act. The Civil Division includes a Financial Litigation Unit, which litigates debt collection issues and collects criminal and civil debts owed to the United States and others including judgments, fines, restitution, and penalties.


Criminal Division

Elizabeth C. Coombe, Chief

Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Criminal Division investigate and prosecute violations of the federal criminal laws in the Northern District of New York. Our prosecutors handle cases involving a wide array of criminal activity including terrorism, drug trafficking, firearms violations, gang violence, immigration offenses, child pornography and exploitation, infringement on civil rights, environmental crimes, smuggling, organized crime, public corruption, and white collar offenses. The Criminal Division also works with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to prevent and deter possible terrorism and related criminal activity.

Six prosecutors in the Criminal Division constitute our Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) unit. These task forces are the United States' primary weapons against the highest level drug-trafficking organizations operating within the United States, importing drugs into the United States, or laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking.

The Criminal Division also includes an Asset Forfeiture Unit, which uses the federal forfeiture laws to disrupt and deter criminal activity, dismantle criminal enterprises, and to separate criminals and their associates from their ill-gotten gains. Forfeited assets are used to fund federal, state, and local law enforcement activities to the extent permitted by federal law and, similarly, in appropriate cases, to provide full or partial restitution to victims of criminal activity.

Updated March 18, 2015