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North Hempstead Dems endorse Singas

May 11, 2015
The Island Now

By: 

Bill San Antonio

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 safeguard our communities and ensure a fair and impartial justice system.”

Singas, of Manhasset, is running against Port Washington Democrat Michael A. Scotto. The Nassau County Republican party selected Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray as its choice for DA last week as well.

“I am honored to stand alongside the North Hempstead Democrats, whose passion and dedication will be invaluable to winning this election,” Singas said. “They believe, as I do, that the Nassau County district attorney must have a proven record of prosecuting dangerous criminals. I am grateful for their full support and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

In its endorsement message, Teamsters Joint Council 16 officials said they support Singas’ “reputation as a tough prosecutor who believes no one is above the law.”

“In her over-two decades-long career as a prosecutor, Madeline Singas has never been scared to take on the tough cases,” the union’s president, George Miranda, said. “I’m proud to endorse a candidate for district attorney who has extensive courtroom experience and a proven track record of prosecuting wage theft. We can count on Madeline to stop employment abuses and protect all Nassau County residents.”

Singas announced her candidacy shortly after taking office in January. She told Blank Slate Media in February she would be tough on drug-related crimes and prioritize prosecuting offenses against women and children.

Singas began her career as a prosecutor in Queens County in 1991 and was later promoted to a leadership position within its Domestic Violence bureau. She holds degrees from Columbia University and Fordham University Law School.