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Kate Murray, you're no Preet Bharara

October 28, 2015
New York Daily News


Editorial Board

In the race for Nassau County district attorney, Republican candidate Kate Murray claims the mantle of corruption fighter because she once referred finagling by a political functionary for successful prosecution.

Murray’s posture as the scourge of governmental wrongdoers is both hilarious and an insult to the intelligence.

Presently serving as Hempstead Town presiding supervisor, a post in which she oversees beaches and pools, Murray is a key player in a Republican Party machine whose fixes and favor-dispensing are coming increasingly into view.

Not that Murray wants to know anything about it.

The unraveling began with the arrest of former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Murray machine ally, on federal charges that he and his son engaged in an extortion scheme that perverted contracting by County Executive Edward Mangano, another Murray machine ally.

Responding to Skelos’ bust, acting Nassau DA Madeline Singas, who is running against Murray, found “a recipe for corruption” in Mangano’s contracting system. He appointed a panel to recommend reforms.

The latest revelations showed that Mangano named a politically supportive weekly newspaper publisher, named Kamlesh Mehta, to serve as the county’s director of business and economic development even though Mehta’s record included a home foreclosure, bankruptcies, creditor lawsuits and a state tax warrant.

Mangano also accepted free meals from a restaurateur who was indicted in an alleged bribery scheme — and who had given a $104,000-a-year job to Mangano’s wife, Newsday reported.

While all this swirls around Murray, she confessed to this Editorial Board that she had not read the extensively detailed federal complaint filed against Skelos. Of course she hadn’t.