OSWEGO – Michael McAndrew has announced his candidacy for Oswego County District Attorney.
Currently, McAndrew serves as principal court attorney to the Honorable Walter Hafner Jr. in Oswego County Court and State Supreme Court.
His campaign is focused on returning the district attorney’s office to the people of Oswego County.
He will strive to ensure respectful treatment for victims, police officers, and the esteemed members of our judiciary by prosecutors.
McAndrew believes the office of district attorney must be truly independent and free of all political entanglements.
He holds that the district attorney’s office must have room only for justice and uncompromised prosecution of criminals.
McAndrew will ensure all prosecutors are prepared for court appearances, eliminate unnecessary delays and comply with all laws and ethical rules.
He states the office of district attorney must endeavor to be respected by our citizens and our law enforcement communities.
McAndrew also believes that all crimes must be prosecuted to the extent of their seriousness.
He will specifically focus on rigorous prosecution of those who peddle dangerous drugs, including heroin and methamphetamine, in the county.
McAndrew will strive to make the office more transparent and accountable.
McAndrew will implement a more open discovery process, believing, as the State Court of Appeals once held, that trials should not be a sporting event where each side remains ignorant of facts in the hands of adversary until the eve of trial.
On Monday, May 18, McAndrew was endorsed by the Oswego County Democratic Committee.
McAndrew thanks the members of the committee and looks forward to taking his campaign to all the citizens of Oswego County of all political affiliations and independent voters.
McAndrew is a 1996 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law and a 1988 graduate of SUNY Potsdam.
He is an adjunct instructor at SUNY Oswego School of Business. He has also instructed courses for the NYS Judicial Institute for town and village court justices.
McAndrew has volunteered as the attorney adviser for the Central Square Mock Trial Team for several years.
He resides in West Monroe with his wife, Sarah (Lloyd) McAndrew, and one-year-old son, Michael John McAndrew.