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Alan Poremba and Karen Heggen

Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen and First Assistant District Attorney Alan Poremba, with the prosecutor award received by Poremba recently.

Saratoga County First Assistant District Attorney Alan Poremba received a prestigious statewide award earlier this month for his work as a prosecutor.

Poremba was one of four prosecutors statewide chosen to receive the District Attorneys Association of New York’s Robert Morgenthau Award, given for commitment to justice, integrity and honesty. He received the award at the organization’s recent winter conference, one of four prosecutors in the state to be chosen.

Poremba, who has been a prosecutor for 19 years, the last 14 of them in Saratoga County, has handled a number of major cases in recent years, most recently the 2017 shooting in Moreau that left a man paralyzed. The shooter, Joey M. Castro, was convicted of felony assault and lesser counts and sentenced to at least 36 years in prison, though he is free pending appeal.

Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen described Poremba as a “dedicated, committed prosecutor who works tirelessly each day to insure that justice is achieved for all involved in the criminal justice system in Saratoga County.”

Poremba said in a prepared statement that he was honored by the award, and said credit needed to be given to his co-workers and family as well.

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