Saratoga Saratoga County DA Heggen announces campaign Heggen to face primary challenge


Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen, 55, has announced her bid for re-election in November.

“What distinguishes me is I moved up through the ranks of the district attorney’s office,” Heggen said who has served as the county’s top lawyer since 2015. “I’ve tried all kinds of cases in every single court in this county…. I have been involved personally in over 50 felony trials. I’ve convicted rapists and robbers and those that have killed others in our community. I look forward to another four years of keeping Saratoga County safe.”

Her re-election bid won’t go as easily as her first unopposed run. She has a primary challenger, Saratoga Springs criminal defense attorney Gerald Amedio. A former police officer and owner and operator of the Law Office of Gerard Amedio, P.C., he thinks it is time for a change.

“Someone has indicated they want my job,” said Heggen, who in 2014 was named acting district attorney. “I’m going to work very hard to show the citizens of this community that I am the best choice. I’ve got the background, I’ve got the experience, I’ve got knowledge. I’ve got the innovation. I’m not sitting back there and just letting things happen. I’m moving things, actively looking for new initiatives.”

She also said she has a 95 percent conviction rate.

She said the biggest challenges over the next four years will be implementing the Raise the Age state legislation that removes 16- and 17-year-olds from the adult courts.

The office has a $4 million annual budget.

Republican Gerard Amedio will run against Heggen in a fall 2018 primary.

“There’s a time for politics,” said Nick Wilock, campaign spokesman for Heggen.”But, right now, District Attorney Karen Heggen and her team are busy prosecuting dangerous criminals and keeping our streets safe for our families.”

Amedio owns and operates the Law Office of Gerardo Amedio, P.C., in Saratoga Springs, where he focuses on criminal defense across 12 counties. He works in Family Court on matters of custody, visitation, and domestic violence.

Amedio served as a Police Officer with the Rensselaer police for 17 years. He was named “Police Officer of the Year” in 2000.

Amedio said. “It was during my police career, working in the trenches to serve and protect, that I decided I could do even more to help even more people. That’s why I became an attorney and that’s why I’m running for D.A.”

The primary will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018.

DA Karen Heggen

Neither candidate has mentioned Keith Raniere and the cult of NXIVM which operates in their county.

Gerard Amedio will run against Heggen in a fall 2018 primary.

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F.D.C. Willard
F.D.C. Willard
5 years ago

I do not understand why anyone would brag with a 95% conviction rate. This feels so wrong as your job is to find out whether someone is innocent or guilty. This is done in court. So if she has 95% conviction rate she is either one of two things. Either overly careful and only brings cases to court that bear no risk while shooting down others, or biased.
If someone has success rates that challenge election results in dictatorships one should start to doubt.

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His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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