Carnright mum on third run for Ulster County district attorney

Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright wouldn’t say whether he’s contemplating a third run for district attorney this year.

In a rare press conference held on Friday, Carnright, a Republican, brought the local media together to give his appraisal on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility from to 18 years old.

He said is sole intention was to bring more awareness to the public about the consequences of the proposal, some aspects of which he said he was against.

But when asked, Carnright, 63, refused to comment on whether he’ll take a third run to be the county’s top prosecutor this November. He’s widely expected to run.

In 2011 Carnright handily defeated Democrat Jonathan Sennett by 7,500 votes, putting gangs, domestic violence and fraud investigations as his top priority list.

Carnright’s last campaign filing in January 2013 showed he had $13,715.13 in committee account.

The DA’s job in Ulster County has a salary of $130,991, though this year a five-member panel will take up the question of pay raises for all county elected officials.

No Democratic contenders have yet shown interest in running for the county-wide seat.

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