Roger Cusick is running his campaign for Albany County district attorney on integrity " literally.
A former Republican candidate for the post in 2004, Cusick is running on the newly formed Integrity Party line.
"Our campaign has focused its effort on reducing street crime and violence in Albany County," said Cusick who has been openly critical of incumbent District Attorney David Soares. "I look forward to making a positive change in the direction of the DA's office. I will always put the safety of the people of Albany County above politics and self-promotion, and rest assured change is coming."
Cusick is currently licensed to practice law in both New York and Massachusetts, as well as the Federal Courts of New York. He received his law degree from Albany Law School in 1975 and a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Albany in 2006.
Since 2000, Cusick has taught at various colleges and universities, including the University at Albany, the University of Richmond Virginia, Union College in Schenectady and the College at Oneonta. He taught courses related to public law and the administration of justice, including constitutional law, the American criminal courts, the American legal system, and civil rights and liberties.
He has also taught in the fields of political theory and American politics and has served on various committees of the state's Bar Association including the Committee on Professional Ethics and the Model Code of Ethics Committees.
Cusick served in the New York Army National Guard from 1971 until 1977.
During his one debate with Soares at Albany Law School, Cusick said he plans to run the district attorney's office "by the book." He said he does not believe a district attorney should legislate or carry agendas into the office with them.
Cusick lives with his wife, Karlene, in Colonie with their two sons and is active in the community. He has volunteered with the Westland Hills Little League, Latham Circle Soccer, and the North Colonie School District.
Cusick has been endorsed by several large labor unions such as Council 82, which represents area police departments, the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.