State Sen. Todd Kaminksy (D-Long Beach) announced during a news conference on Monday that he will run for Nassau County District Attorney in November.
The former prosecutor was nominated by the Nassau Democratic Committee on Friday to be the Democratic candidate to fill the vacant seat left by former District Attorney Madeline Singas, who was confirmed as a judge on the New York State Court of Appeals earlier this month. Currently, Joyce A. Smith, the first Black person as a district attorney in Nassau, is serving as acting district attorney.
“Nassau County needs a district attorney with a record of results and experience to keep our families safe, and I am ready to do the job day one,” Kaminsky said. “I have always prioritized public safety and delivered justice for our communities. As DA, I will protect our families from violent crime, taxpayers from fraud and corruption, and the human rights of every New Yorker.”
Kaminsky launched his campaign surrounded by supporters, including his wife, Ellen, and was publicly endorsed by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and former New York City police officer Tom Wilson.
“Under my watch, Nassau was named the safest community in America,” Curran said. “There’s nothing I take more seriously than the safety of our families. As an experienced prosecutor, Senator Kaminsky has a record of supporting our law enforcement officers, working hand-in-hand with them to clean up crime and take on corruption.”
The Nassau County Republican Party has yet to tap its own candidate for district attorney; however, the chairman issued a statement on Friday regarding Kaminsky’s nomination.
“The only people who are happy about Todd Kaminsky’s nomination for district attorney are the thousands upon thousands of dangerous criminals who he voted to set free during his tenure in the State Senate,” the statement on the Nassau County GOP Facebook says. “… Todd Kaminsky is too extreme and too dangerous for Nassau County residents.”