Former U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy endorsed Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas’ campaign against Republican Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray on Tuesday, saying the Democratic DA hopeful would be tough on gun violence.
“In her over two decades as a criminal prosecutor, Madeline has never been afraid to take on gun violence, and as acting DA she is actively pursuing meaningful programs to stem the flow of illegal guns into our communities,” said McCarthy, a Democrat from Mineola, during a news conference in the Village of Hempstead where Singas was also endorsed by Mayor Wayne Hall and Sisters Against Violence In Our Communities.
“Nassau’s families will be in good hands with Madeline Singas as their DA and I am proud to endorse her for Nassau County district attorney,” she added.
McCarthy represented New York’s 4th Congressional District from 1997-2014 as an advocate of strict gun laws following the murder of her husband and injuring of her son while onboard a Long Island Railroad train in 1993.
“With her nearly two decades in Congress, Congresswoman McCarthy is a national figure in the fight against gun violence and an inspiration to our community,” said Singas, a Manhasset resident. “With her distinguished career working for meaningful gun safety policies, Congresswoman McCarthy understands the skills and experience needed to put an end to gun violence. She is a personal hero of mine and I am truly honored to receive her endorsement.”
Singas assumed the acting DA role in January following the departure of U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), who succeeded McCarthy in Congress.
Under Rice, Singas served as the DA’s office’s top assistant and was chief of the county’s Special Victims Bureau.
Hall said Singas “is already an active partner in the fight to stop and prevent gun violence in our community,” citing tough prosecution tactics and gun buyback programs.