Vote on Wednesday, March 28 in the Nassau County DA’s race.
Former Manhattan assistant D.A. Genevieve DeVito says she can fight crime and help bring about change in Nassau County in the race to become the district attorney.
DeVito, a Democrat, served as a prosecutor on the anti-corruption commission that took down former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi in 2010 and on a grand jury in the 2006 corruption case involving the tabloid publisher and former editor of Newsday. She is the latest example of Democratic anti-corruption voters turning out in New York to give their party a comeback victory.
This race may well be one of the few issues where Democrats will be united on the campaign trail. Longtime elected incumbent Thomas Spota has been under scrutiny for possibly mishandling cases and mishandling public resources. Hevesi and former State Senator Pedro Espada, who has also been entangled in corruption scandals, have both endorsed the younger of the two candidates, Democratic candidate Madeline Singas.
DeVito has been endorsed by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Congress members Kathleen Rice and Grace Meng, former D.A. Kathleen Rice, former alderwoman Carla Katz and civil rights attorney and D.A. Chris Lewis.
“I don’t know of anyone who’s being endorsed by everyone who’s being endorsed by this race,” DeVito said to Newsday. “No one has made me the sacrificial lamb. I can tell you that I’m being supported across the board.”
DeVito is also being supported by former D.A. Claire Peterson, Yorktown District Attorney Kenneth Otto Jr. and several other current and former prosecutors and public officials.
Spota’s endorsements include Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, Governor Andrew Cuomo, county Clerk Maureen O’Connell, Long Island State Senator Jack Martins, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, NYC District Attorney Cy Vance, NYS Senator Brad Hoylman, Conservative and state Senator Dean Skelos, Assemblyman Steven Englebright, former State Senator Joe Robach, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick, and state Sen Jim Alesi.