Soares forms core of staff

New district attorney names three to pivotal positions in office

Section: Capital Region,  Page: B4

Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2005

ALBANY - A former counsel to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will oversee day-to-day operations in District Attorney David Soares' office.

Soares began his term Monday by filling three provisional positions in his administration, including the one to be held by Elaine Frazier, who is now a top assistant to Bronx borough chief Adolfo Carrion. The county's 43rd district attorney also named Richard Arthur as public information specialist and Amanda Paeglow as community prosecution liaison.

Frazier's and Arthur's jobs, at $69,179 and $51,134 respectively, were created by the Albany County Legislature in late December.

Paeglow is returning to the newly revived office of Community-Based Prosecution, where she worked for Soares from June 2003 to June 2004. Her salary is $21,547.

Frazier comes to the Albany County Courthouse from her most recent position as chief of staff and director of educational policy for the Bronx borough president. She served as counsel to Silver from 1995 to 1998 and worked in top positions with the New York City School District and state university system in the interim.

Soares said Frazier's appointment fulfills his commitment to bring professional management to the district attorney's office.

"Key goals are to develop and implement an aggressive grants program to bring new, innovative resources and programs to the fight against crime, to seek opportunities for cost savings and service improvements, and to supervise the implementation of a modern computerized case management system," he said Monday.

Arthur, most recently the president of CyberTran New York, a next generation transit company, will head the Community Relations and Public Information program.

"I believe that it is a fundamental obligation of government to keep the citizenry informed about the activities of their government," Soares said, noting that Arthur will focus on keeping communications open.

Soares also said he wants citizens involved in creating safer streets and communities and that the program will leverage the power of the office by involving them.

Arthur will ensure that all branches of government are coordinated and working together in the fight against crime, he said.

Arthur also is a member of the Working Families Party's statewide steering committee and a volunteer with Citizen Action of New York.

The WFP played a pivotal role in Soares' win over former District Attorney Paul Clyne, providing money and people power for the grass-roots campaign that toppled Albany's political machine.

Soares already appointed his close friend, former Albany Police Cmdr. Christian D'Alessandro to the $80,000 post as his chief investigator.

Michele Morgan Bolton can be reached at 434-2403 or by e-mail at