About the Street Crimes Unit Bureau Chief

Jessica Blain-Lewis received her Bachelors of Arts in Speech Communication from Plattsburgh State University in 2002 before attending Albany Law School, where she received her Juris Doctorate in 2005. While studying law, she realized that she wanted to pursue as career as a prosecutor.  She began clerking at the Albany County District Attorney’s Office and was hired upon graduation.  A research project assigned to her by DA Soares culminated in what is now the Safe Homes – Safe Streets Initiative, an innovative partnership between community leaders, landlords, tenants, home owners, and law enforcement.  She became an active member of the office, gave presentations at dozens of events throughout the county, and successfully argued the first eviction case initiated by the District Attorney’s Office in Albany.  While managing the initiative, Ms. Blain-Lewis vigorously prosecuted felony drug cases and major offense crimes for the Office. 

For the last five years she has handled white-collar crimes, specializing in financial elder abuse as the Albany County SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) prosecutor.  She has conducted numerous trainings on elder abuse, has successfully prosecuted defendants for Hate Crimes against the elderly, and even recovered a stolen house for a victim with dementia.  In addition to those duties, Ms. Blain-Lewis handles human trafficking cases, with a focus on labor trafficking, and sits on the Capital Region Anti-Trafficking Task Force.

In December 2016, ADA Blain-Lewis became the Bureau Chief of the Street Crimes Unit, which oversees the prosecution of illegal narcotics cases in Albany County.

Jessica Blain-Lewis