This is incorrect.
http://law.buffalo.edu/career_services/ ... atistics11
It's only 14% and that includes long island (all of them could be long island for all we know).
Hofstra says that it places 87% in NY and NJ (all of them could be in NJ for all we know, or anywhere else in NY besides NYC).
http://law.hofstra.edu/StudentLife/Care ... stics.html
You said you're looking to be a DA: according to the stats above, Hofstra places 10% into government and UB places 13%. Pretty negligible at that level in my opinion.
Ideally you would retake to either 1) get into better schools or 2) get scholarships at these schools (I think UB gives an automatic 5k scholarship if your LSAT is above 160). If you must choose at this juncture I'd say visit both to determine which you like better; the employment prospects are pretty comparable. I will note that UB pretty much has a lock on the Buffalo area however. Therefore, despite the similarity in employment stats, it may still be easier to get a job from UB (if you don't mind living in Buffalo/upstate) than from Hofstra.
By citing that 30% of our alumni practice in the NYC area, I was talking about our total alumni base - not just recent graduates. Historically, UB Law had a much greater enrollment from downstate than it has over the past 15-20 years. Consequently, a greater number were interested in downstate employment and returned there. I stand by my numbers (see my last post). Hopefully, UB Law will benefit as more downstate students see the folly of enslaving themselves with onerous student loan debt by attending Hofstra, St. Johns and Brooklyn.
"Government" means a of of different things. In the Federal government, UB Law punches way above its weight class. It's track record of placements through the PMF program, IRS and FDIC (among others) rivals much higher ranked schools. On the Federal side (i.e DC), a place like Hofstra can't hold a candle to UB Law. Furthermore, the relatively low debt load of UB Law grads expands their opportunities to explore Federal and nonprofit opportunities.