The Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office recently announced a list of top promotions and retirements. James Catuccio, who assisted in the Grand Jury Bureau, has retired. Jennifer Assini has been promoted to Chief Assistant District Attorney, and Christina Tremante-Pelham has taken over Sanderson’s role as Deputy Chief Assistant. Jessica Lorusso is now Bureau Chief of the Grand Jury Bureau, and Christopher Bokelman will be relegated to the County Court Bureau.
Mr. Schwartz served for 10 years as the Chief of the Special Investigations Bureau. He accepted the position of Chief of the Major Felony Bureau in January 2022. Before becoming a district attorney, Mr. Schwartz worked for the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in February 2004. He previously worked for the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney in the Special Investigations Bureau and the Local and County Courts bureaus.
Mr. Schwartz is an attorney who joined the storied litigation firm, Boies Schiller Flexner, in 2015. Before joining the DA’s office, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He led the investigation into the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme and was a three-time recipient of the Justice Department’s John Marshall Award. His client list includes the President of the United States, the United Kingdom, and dozens of celebrities.
Amy Brock, Schenectady’s newest District Attorney, has a varied background in criminal justice. Previously, she served as Chief of the Major Crimes Unit for three years. In that capacity, she prosecuted more than 50 felony jury trials. She says that she is grateful for the interesting work she does and appreciates the opportunity to serve her community. In addition, she enjoys meeting the people she prosecutes and the diverse nature of the Schenectady County area.
Amy Brock grew up in Guilderland, New York. She graduated from Hartwick College in 1995 and earned a JD from Albany Law School in 2000 with honors in Criminal Law. Before joining the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office, she worked as an attorney in private practice in Albany, NY. After graduating from law school, she joined the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted criminal cases, and then later transferred to Schenectady County.
Christopher Bokelman joined the Monroe County District Attorney’s office in May 2018 and is currently a member of the Major Felony Bureau. He was previously Deputy Chief of the Local Courts Bureau. He also served as Acting District Attorney for Wayne County in 2017. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from SUNY Geneseo, where he studied sociology and music performance. He obtained his Juris Doctor at the University at Buffalo School of Law.
Bokelman is a former state prosecutor, serving in the Office of the State Attorney General from August 31, 1975, to May 6, 1977. He has experience in the legal system as a former judge and faculty advisor. He has also served in the state legislature as a Justice on the State Supreme Court. He has also served on the Schenectady County Legislative Ethics Committee.