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Nassau Democrats nominate candidates for district attorney, Hempstead supervisor


Nassau County Democrats on Tuesday night nominated Madeline Singas to run for Nassau district attorney and backed gun-control activist Rita Kestenbaum for Hempstead Town supervisor.

The party's executive committee nominated 55 candidates for county, town, city and judicial races at its convention in Garden City.

Singas, who became acting district attorney after Democrat Kathleen Rice was elected to Congress last year, faces a potential Democratic primary against former Manhattan prosecutor Michael Scotto. The winner will take on the GOP nominee Hempstead Supervisor Kate...| read more

DA: Sentence too light for Baldwin hit-and-run driver who left pedestrian for dead

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A Baldwin man received the maximum prison sentence Tuesday in a drug- and alcohol-induced hit-and-run that killed a 49-year-old man, but the Nassau County district attorney said the punishment was not tough enough.

Cosmin Florea, 34, was sentenced to two-and-a-third to seven years in prison in the killing of Donald Mooney, of Lynbrook, according to Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.

The DA called on lawmakers to revise sentencing guidelines to allow for stiffer penalties against drivers who flee from car crashes.

"Mr. Mooney was just crossing the...| read more

North Hempstead Dems endorse Singas

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The North Hempstead Democratic Committee on Monday announced its support for Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, one of two Democratic candidates in November’s race to formally succeed Kathleen Rice as the county’s top prosecutor.

The announcement comes days after Singas, who prior to assuming the acting DA position in January was Rice’s top assistant, was endorsed by Teamsters Joint Council 16, a union representing about 120,000 workers in the downstate area.

In a statement, an unnamed North Hempstead spokesman said Singas is “uniquely qualified to...| read more

Forfeiture funds to be used for animal care in criminal cruelty cases


The care of animals seized in criminal cruelty cases will be paid by forfeiture funds as part of the cost of prosecuting their abusers, the Nassau County district attorney's office pledged Tuesday.

Upward of 100 animals have been seized in cases over the years, rescues often slowed down as shelter officials and authorities struggle over who has the money and space to take them, Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas said.

"We just wanted to make sure animals are taken care of and the taxpayers didn't have to take on the burden of these costs" she said. "We just wanted to...| read more