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Cuomo Teams with Buffalo to Cut Homicide Caseload

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – The state Attorney General is lending some manpower to help Buffalo eliminate a backlog of homicide cases in the city.

Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that his office and the Erie County District Attorney will team up to prosecute about 20 open cases.

Cuomo is temporarily assigning three state assistant attorneys general to work alongside three county prosecutors to close the cases.

The backlog resulted from a recent spike in homicides in Buffalo. Cuomo said public safety is job one.

The Attorney General said there will be no charge to either the city or the county for the services. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said they welcome the partnership.

Cuomo said there is no set time table. He said the state attorneys will continue to work with county attorneys to close the cases as quickly as possible.

Buffalo Police Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson said much of the legwork is done. It's a matter of finishing the job.

Cuomo said the other criminal cases previously assigned to the state attorneys will be reassigned to the pool of attorneys general across the state.

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