- Associated Press - Monday, March 13, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The federal prosecutor for New York’s northern district plans to remain at his post for a few more months.

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian announced Monday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to stay through June so he can complete 20 years of service with the U.S. Department of Justice.

The prosecutor says he will use the time to work on cases that combat violent crime, protect border security and further the department’s mission while also helping ensure an “orderly transition” for his successor.

Hartunian became an assistant U.S. attorney in 1997 after serving as a local prosecutor specializing in narcotics and violent crime cases. He was appointed U.S. attorney in 2010.

Hartunian was one of dozens of federal prosecutors who was asked to resign last week by Sessions.

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