Assistant DA announces run for Broome County District Attorney


Assistant DA announces run for Broome County District Attorney

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The race for Broome County District Attorney is heating up.

Michael Korchak, Broome County Chief Assistant District Attorney, is running for the DA position as a Republican.

Current District Attorney Steve Cornwell said he’s not seeking reelection.

Korchak currently works with Cornwell in the district attorney’s office.

“I feel that I am the most qualified candidate for this position, based on experience,” said Korchack. “I’ve been a prosecutor for 21 years. I’ve been an attorney for 30 years. I’ve tried over one hundred felony trials to verdict.”

Cornwell told 12 News the best person to fill his position would be someone in his office.

“Someone coming from the outside won’t have the experience and the knowledge of someone within the office and that based on my trial experience and experience as a defense attorney and as a prosecutor makes me uniquely qualified for this position,” said Korchak.

Korchak says he wants to continue to improve Broome County.

“My belief is that crime is trending down and that’s the right direction and I wish to continue Broome County moving in the right direction when I’m elected District Attorney,” he said.

He says he wants to continue to fight the opioid epidemic.

“I mean one opioid death is more than we want in this county,” explained Korchak. “But based on the statistics we are headed in the right direction and I look forward in continuing that trend.”

Korchak says he’s received endorsements from Cornwell and former Broome County Judge Martin E. Smith.

“Who is a 20 year county court judge who was present during most of my trials that I conducted as a prosecutor and defense attorney,” added Korchak.

His race for Broome County District Attorney will lead to a primary battle with local defense attorney Paul Battisti.

Battisti says he’ll also be running as a Republican.

12 News reached out to him for an on-camera interview, but said he wasn’t available due to his schedule.

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Assistant DA announces run for Broome County District Attorney

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