Chautauqua County District Attorney David W. Foley is a life–long resident of Chautauqua County. He is a third generation attorney following in the foot steps of his Grandfather Albert J. Foley and his father Albert W. Foley.
Mr. Foley is a 1989 graduate of SUNY Fredonia and a 1992 graduate of Vermont Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor and Masters in Environmental Law. He graduated from both college and law school with Honors and was further awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for achievement in the study of Constitutional Law during his second year of law school. Mr. Foley completed his Master's program in the fall of 1992 through an internship with the United States Department of Justice.
Upon his admission to the New York State Bar in 1993, Mr. Foley returned to Chautauqua County and commenced the practice of law with his family's firm, Foley, Foley and Passafaro. He was hired as an Assistant District Attorney in 1995 eventually working his way up to a felony prosecutor for the County.
In 2005 Mr. Foley was appointed Chautauqua County District Attorney by Governor Pataki to fill out the remainder of the term of then District Attorney James Subjack. He was subsequently elected District Attorney in November of that same year. He is currently in his second term serving the residents of Chautauqua County.
The District Attorney considers himself fortunate to serve the residents of Chautauqua County as their District Attorney, stating "I am blessed to do something I love and at that gives back to my community." Mr. Foley says that he is most pleased by being able to bring a Child Advocacy Center to Chautauqua County. The Child Advocacy Center provides a multiple disciplinary team approach to helping children who have been subjected to either physical or sexual abuse in a facility that is inviting and comfortable.
District Attorney Foley has been active in the community serving as past president of the Northern Bar Association, as a coach for the Northern Chautauqua County youth Hockey Association, a member of the Dunkirk Free Library Campaign and as a Board member of the Legal Services Board of Jamestown. He frequently lectures about the role of the District Attorney in local schools and to senior citizen groups. He encourages any group or school that may be interested in having him speak to contact his office. Mr. Foley is currently teaching Criminal Procedure as an adjunct professor at SUNY Fredonia. He married his wife Heather in 1990, and they enjoy raising their two children, Walter and Megan, in Chautauqua County.