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  • Schiener leaves Livingston County DA post

  • Acting Livingston County District Attorney Eric R. Schiener has resigned.              &#...
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  • Acting Livingston County District Attorney Eric R. Schiener has resigned.
    Schiener stepped down from the position he had held for just two months on Friday after the Hatch Act Unit of the United States Office of Special Council ruled he could not simultaneously serve as acting district attorney and take part in an election campaign for a full four-year term.
    According to Livingston County officials, the Hatch Act Unit said Schiener can’t hold the acting district attorney position while campaigning for the job because the prosecutor's office receives about $30,000 in federal crime-fighting money each year. The department’s annual budget is about $1 million, officials said.
    Schiener plans to seek the Republican nomination for district attorney, he said on Friday. The 40-year-old Geneseo resident became acting district attorney after former District Attorney Thomas Moran was sworn is as a State Supreme Court judge in January.
    “The best way for me to further my dedication, service and commitment to this office and to the people of Livingston County is by actively seeking election as the next district attorney,” Schiener added.
    Ronald A. Cicoria, a former county court judge and a former district attorney, will serve as acting Livingston County district attorney until January 2013. Cicoria has been with the office on a part-time basis since 2008.
    “I am extremely confident that I am leaving the position in very capable hands,” Schiener said.
    Schiener expressed disappointment with the Hatch Act Unit’s decision, saying federal officials made “a very interesting distinction” between an acting district attorney and one that has been appointed or elected to the job. He said federal officials originally indicated that he could keep his job while campaigning, but then changed course.
    “It has been an honor and a privilege serving the citizens of Livingston County as a full-time assistant district attorney since 1999, as their first first assistant district attorney for six years, and for the last two months as the acting district attorney. Having said that, there is still much work to be done and as odd as it may sound, that is exactly why I must resign from my current title,” Schiener said.
    Schiener said his office has had a very busy first two months of the year. He said after working closely with Moran for several years, a huge change of course was not needed when he took over. Nevertheless, he believes he has put his own stamp on the office and he said he would “like to finish the work that I started.”

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