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Biden nominates Buffalo native for local U.S. Attorney's post

A head shot of Trini Ross
University at Buffalo

President Joe Biden has nominated eight new leaders for U.S. attorney positions, including here in the Western District of New York.

Trini Ross has been nominated for the local post, which oversees 17 Western New York counties, including the Buffalo and Rochester areas. She was among several recommendations by Sen. Chuck Schumer, as WBFO reported in March.

“In recommending each of these experienced and talented leaders for such important positions, I am confident that the lives of all New Yorkers will be made better and that these prosecutors will work hard to confront wrongdoing in all its forms in a fair and focused manner," Schumer said in a statement Tuesday. "Each of these exemplary public servants embodies the phrase ‘equal justice for all’ and holds a deep understanding that the work ahead will require solid, steady and unwavering leadership to ensure this state—and this country—deliver a fairer, more inclusive and just future for each and every one of us.”

A Buffalo native, Ross has served as the Director of Investigations, Legal Division, with the National Science Foundation’s Office of Inspector General since 2018. Ross has also been an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo School of Law since 2006.

She received her law degree from UB cum laude in 1992, after earning her BA from Fredonia State in 1998 and her MA from Rutgers University in 1990. She was an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District 1995-2018 and also served as an Appellate Court Attorney for the New York State Supreme Court from 1992-1994.

If approved, Ross will be the first African-American woman to hold the position. She would succeed incumbent James Kennedy, who took over the post in November 2017.