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DA McNamara Starts Retirement

When his daughter graduated from pre-school, Scott McNamara showed up late to the ceremony.

After Rachel received her little diploma, McNamara had to leave before the event ended. And while there, his mind was elsewhere.

“A man had just killed his mother with a baseball bat,’’ McNamara recalled, “and he was still at large. I couldn’t linger because I had to get back to work.’’

This week, for the first time in 31 years, McNamara is not a member of the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. For the past 17 years the Deansboro native served as the county’s DA, representing the county’s victims of all sorts of crimes.

“It’s a 24/7 kind of job,’’ he said. “You see a different side of society, often I wish I hadn’t seen. Some things you never get out of your head.’’

There was the Thanksgiving dinner interrupted by phone calls about a baby who suffered a head injury. Last Christmas’s family celebration he had to deal with a child who froze to death.

After 31 years, these events made it easier for McNamara, 62 and a 1979 Waterville Central School graduate, to make the decision ...


The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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