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Assistant DA keeps roads safer
Friday, May 14, 2010

Molly Mange is a fourth-grader at McNulty Academy

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Kelli P. McCoski is the assistant district attorney, DWI prosecutor in Montgomery County and assistant district attorney in Fulton County.

McCoski is 49 years old and went to Manhattanville College from 1979 until 1982 and then went to the University of Bridgeport Law School, now known as Quinipaic Law School. McCoski was a political science major in college. She said her seventh-grade music teacher, Mr. Fish, told her that political science should be her major because she enjoyed a good argument.

In Montgomery County, she handles all alcohol- and drug-related cases involving the operation of a vehicle. Sometimes she has to go to court, and she says she likes trials and thinks they are fun, especially when she wins.

Getting a DWI means losing your privilege to drive in New York state. The fines can be anywhere from $300 to $5,000, and there are very high surcharges. You have to pay a defense attorney a lot of money to represent you, which takes money away from your family. The worst that could happen would be that you could be seriously injured or kill an innocent person.

She doesn’t like repeat offenders, and she doesn’t like to see young people drinking and driving. She likes when people who drive and drive get help through counseling and when they see how dangerous it is when they attend a victim impact panel.

McCoski told me she likes helping law enforcement take drunk and drugged drivers off of our roads.

There are hundreds of DWIs in Montgomery County, and it is not a very large county. She has a very important job because she helps to enforce the laws of New York state and helps keep the roads safe for people.



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