ABOUT MATT

Matt grew up in Saugerties, a small town about an hour south of Albany. His father is a federal pensioner and his mother advocates on behalf of schoolchildren with special needs. Growing up, Matt, his three sisters and parents would visit his grandparents often in Schenectady, New York, where they taught at Mohonasen High School. They'd also make trips to Union City, NJ, where Matt's mother's Cuban family immigrated to during the revolution.

"the citizen's safety lies in the prosecutor who tempers zeal with human kindness, who seeks truth and not victims, who serves the law and not factional purposes, and who approaches his task with humility.”

– Robert H. Jackson

Albany Law graduate and Supreme Court Justice

A defining moment for Matt occurred when he was attending the College of Saint Rose. The civil liberties courses he took collided with a terrorism sting trial in federal court that he watched as an employee of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albany. It was then that Matt decided to go to law school to become a prosecutor to take on the important responsibility of balancing people’s safety with civil rights.

Matt has worked for appellate judges, tried cases as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, been appointed several times as a special prosecutor, handled criminal appeals and has tried civil cases involving disputes between business owners. It is this well-rounded legal experience that makes Matt uniquely qualified to be District Attorney because he has seen the system from all sides.

As a prosecutor, Matt handled the busiest courts in Albany County and managed the misdemeanor drug court and veterans’ court. He became well-regarded by local judges, public defenders and the criminal defense bar for his reasonableness, fairness and compassion in handling criminal cases. Many of these colleagues stood with Matt when he launched his campaign. Matt ultimately resigned from the Albany County D.A.’s Office because their approach did not balance civil liberties with safety; it overemphasized punishment and convictions. 

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