William  O. Wagstaff, III

William O. Wagstaff, III

District Attorney, Westchester County, NY

2024 Endorsement

William, a Westchester County native and Pace Law School graduate residing in Mount Vernon, is a dedicated advocate for social justice. With a background in law and an MBA from Fordham Business School, William has honed his skills in trial strategies, focusing on Civil Rights Litigation, Criminal Defense, and Municipal Law. His legal expertise has garnered media attention from prestigious outlets such as The New York Times and CNN.

In his pursuit to become the first black District Attorney in Westchester County, William aims to revolutionize the criminal justice system. His vision includes initiatives to promote safety, fairness, and equity for all residents, irrespective of socio-economic status, race, or other factors. He champions support for individuals struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues and advocates for approaches like diversion and restorative justice.

William's professional background includes serving as a Special Prosecutor for Police Disciplinary Hearings and Chair of the Mayor’s Judicial Appointment Committee. With a passion for effecting change in his community, William strives to create a justice system that prioritizes safety and compassion, paving the way for long-lasting transformation.