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Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips is leaving office after serving nearly 30 years as DA. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Meredith Zaritheny sat down with Phillips, who talked about his legacy and what's next for him.
GOSHEN, N.Y.-- "Sure I'm going to miss a lot about the job," said Frank Phillips, Orange County District Attorney.
It's an end of an era Frank Phillips is leaving office after 28 years at the helm of the Orange County District Attorney's office.
"So it is time to go and I do some with some nostalgia and with some sadness, but certainly with a great deal of pride with what I've been able to do, it's the job I've always wanted I've had it for 28 years and I couldn't be prouder than I am today leaving behind this great staff," said Phillips.
One of the longest serving DA's in the New York State history, Phillips says he accomplished a number of goals, but there's one he's particularly proud of.
"I think my greatest accomplishment is to have created a professional prosecutors office. We have a lot of people here who would like to my a career out of prosecution, they are very talented and they are very good at what they do and their work makes me look good," said Phillips.
During his tenure as District Attorney, Phillips and his team have prosecuted more than 20,000 criminal cases each year. Phillips say the District Attorney's Office has come a long way from where it was when he first took office back in 1986, and he believes he’s left it in a good place for the incoming District Attorney.
"Looking back on it really leaving behind a terrific operation for the New DA to come in," said Phillips.
Looking back at his time in office Phillips says he has no regrets and is looking forward to starting a new chapter in his life. But he says he's not done practicing law just yet, Phillips is looking forward to getting back into private practice.
"It's a great experience I don't want to get too nostalgic about it, it's time to go on and I go on with a great reputation and good record intact," said Phillips.