BUFFALO, NY-- James P. Kennedy Jr. has been named acting U.S. Attorney for WNY.

Kennedy takes over after U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul stepped down last Friday.

“I am honored to be named Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of New York,” said Kennedy. “As a native of Western New York, I look forward to working with our outstanding law enforcement partners at the local, state and federal levels and serving the people of the community in which I was born and raised.”

Kennedy is a graduate or Hamilton College and Buffalo Law School. He served as a confidential law assistant to the late Judge Michael F. Dillon and Judge M. Dolores Denman. He also worked under U.S. Attorney Dennis Vacco as Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Kennedy further stated, “Our Office has a tradition of excellence. I intend on preserving that tradition and bringing to justice those who detract from the safety and quality of life in our District. From corrupt public servants to child predators, from violent gangsters to fraudsters, and from those who contribute to overdose deaths to those who engage in under-handed business practices, I pledge to work tirelessly with the many hard-working and talented attorneys and support staff who serve in this Office not only to continue our crime-fighting efforts but to develop creative and innovative solutions to the problems with which we are confronted.”

Kennedy lives on Grand Island with his family.