Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Appoints Special Deputy Attorney General For Guns And Gangs

NEW YORK, NY (March 5, 2007) – Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of Carl J. Boykin as Special Deputy Attorney General for Guns and Gangs, where he will use his wealth of community-based experience to reduce violence statewide.

Mr. Boykin, a Utica native and the first African-American prosecutor in Oneida County’s history, has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2004, specializing in prosecuting immigration, postal, social security, and bank fraud felonies and misdemeanors.  Prior to that, he served the Oneida County District Attorney’s office as Chief of the Appeals Bureau and Assistant District Attorney since 1996, where he litigated appeals and prosecuted felony DWI cases.

“Carl Boykin has a well-deserved reputation for producing positive results for New Yorkers, whether he is delivering justice in the courtroom or working with at-risk youths in his neighborhood,” said Attorney General Cuomo.  “His legal expertise and dedication and passion for his community are commendable.  I look forward to working with him to rid our streets of illegal guns and to get gangs out of our neighborhoods.”

For the Department of Law, Mr. Boykin will be responsible for overseeing the Attorney General’s crime-fighting initiatives that involve guns or gangs.  Recently, Attorney General Cuomo’s office worked with local law enforcement in Tompkins County to shut down two Ithaca-based drug rings, and he has partnered with Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark to investigate and prosecute Buffalo homicides.

“Mr. Boykin successfully investigated and prosecuted cases involving immigration offenses, federal program fraud, and civil rights violations, and he handled appeals,” said Glenn T. Suddaby, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York.  “Mr. Boykin also participated in community programs, reaching out to inner city students about the dangers of gangs, drugs, and violence.  We will miss Carl as he leaves the federal law enforcement family.”

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office looks forward to continuing to work with Carl Boykin as he serves as the coordinator for the New York Attorney General’s anti-gang initiatives.  He will be a tremendous resource for the state, local, and federal agencies that will strive to overcome the problems of gangs and youth violence in the State of New York.”

Mr. Boykin’s participation in the Utica area has left a lasting mark on the community.  He is an active member at St. Paul’s Baptist Church and former board member of JCTOD Outreach, a local community organization.  A high school football and track star at the former Utica Free Academy, he later played on the Colgate University football team.

Mr. Boykin also served as a law clerk for the former Associate Judge George Bundy Smith of the New York State Court of Appeals and as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc.  He received a B.A. in Psychology from Colgate University and an Ed.M from SUNY Buffalo (Amherst).  He received his J.D. from Cornell Law School.