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SHECHTMAN WILL RESIGN AS DIRECTOR OF STATE CRIMINAL-JUSTICE AGENCY

The head of the state criminal-justice agency will leave his post early next year to spend more time with his family, a newspaper reported today.

Paul Shechtman was appointed director of the Division of Criminal Justice Services by Gov. Pataki in March 1995. He told the Times Union of Albany he will join a private practice in Manhattan, where his wife and two children live, in January.

"I want to get back to my family and treat them to a lifestyle that they haven't been accustomed to," said Shechtman, who has commuted between Albany and New York City since his appointment.

Shechtman, 47, earns $105,000 annually but figures to make far more than that when he goes into private practice.

During his tenure, Shechtman has helped Pataki usher tough criminal-justice proposals through the State Legislature, including mandatory sentences for repeat violent offenders and making it easier to prosecute alleged child molesters.

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