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Heggen named First Assistant D.A.

"The police around here do an amazing job and our office works closely in concert with them. I think because of that good relationship our office as continued to bring about justice in so many cases, both for victims and members of our community," said Heggen.

The district attorney office's mission is to seek justice, said Heggen, and being able to uphold and fulfill that is what makes her enjoy what she does for so long.

"To be able to speak on behalf of a victim or individual who has been thrust into often very difficult situations, often not of their own choosing, and to be able to advocate and make sure their voice is heard, that is important to me," said Heggen. "I want to make sure our community continues to be a place people want to live and spend time in."

Besides holding the role of prosecutor, Heggen is involved in community organizations like Saratoga Bridges, the Charlton School for Girls, and has volunteered her time at places like the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County, The Ballston Spa Educational Foundation and Saratoga County Youth Court.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Karen for 17 years. She has demonstrated time and time again the highest ethical standards and commitment to justice that I expect in a prosecutor and as a member of this office. I rely on her good judgment, guidance and counsel and look forward to working with her as a policy maker and advisor. She is not only a role model for women, but for all attorneys," said Murphy in a statement.

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