U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian at the federal courthouse in Albany
U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian at the federal courthouse in Albany (Tim Roske)

Northern District U.S. attorney Richard Hartunian said he has been told he will be allowed to stay in office through June for pension purposes.

Hartunian joined the Department of Justice as an assistant U.S. attorney in June 1997.

“The Attorney General [Jeff Sessions] has graciously permitted me to remain … so that I can complete 20 years of service to the Department of Justice,” Hartunian said in a statement Monday.

Hartunian said he was “very grateful” to the new Trump administration for allowing him to reach the pension milestone of 20 years.

He pledged to work with his successor to achieve an “orderly transition” to a new attorney for a district that stretches across northeastern New York and much of central New York.

Hartunian was appointed as Northern District U.S. attorney in 2010 by President Barack Obama.

He was among 45 U.S. attorneys who resigned late week at Sessions’ request. His colleague in the Southern District, Preet Bharara, was fired over the weekend after refusing to hand in a letter of resignation as directed by Washington (NYLJ, March 13).

Northern District U.S. attorney Richard Hartunian said he has been told he will be allowed to stay in office through June for pension purposes.

Hartunian joined the Department of Justice as an assistant U.S. attorney in June 1997.

“The Attorney General [Jeff Sessions] has graciously permitted me to remain … so that I can complete 20 years of service to the Department of Justice,” Hartunian said in a statement Monday.

Hartunian said he was “very grateful” to the new Trump administration for allowing him to reach the pension milestone of 20 years.

He pledged to work with his successor to achieve an “orderly transition” to a new attorney for a district that stretches across northeastern New York and much of central New York .

Hartunian was appointed as Northern District U.S. attorney in 2010 by President Barack Obama.

He was among 45 U.S. attorneys who resigned late week at Sessions’ request. His colleague in the Southern District, Preet Bharara, was fired over the weekend after refusing to hand in a letter of resignation as directed by Washington (NYLJ, March 13).