Nassau DA
Anne Donnelly. (Courtesy Nassau GOP)

Anne Donnelly, a prosecuting attorney in the Nassau County district attorney’s office for 32 years, will run on the Republican ticket against State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) for Nassau DA, the Nassau GOP announced Monday.

Republican party leaders in Nassau nominated Donnelly as its candidate about three weeks after Kaminsky launched his campaign for district attorney, putting her forward as the “crime-fighting” candidate.

“Anne Donnelly is a career prosecutor who will keep our community safe,” said Nassau GOP Chairman Joseph Cairo. “Her opponent is a career opportunist who has worked to turn loose dangerous criminals into our neighborhoods. Anne Donnelly is the only choice for Nassau County district attorney.”

Donnelly is deputy chief of the Nassau DA office’s organized crime and rackets bureau. She is also the liaison to the Nassau County Correctional Center. She formerly oversaw public corruption trials as acting chief in the public corruption bureau, once served as the deputy chief of the economic crimes bureau, and was a senior trial assistant in the rackets bureau, as well as a felony screening supervisor.

“I am delighted to be a candidate for Nassau district attorney,” Donnelly said in a statement. “I have dedicated my career to keeping the public safe and prosecuting those who commit crimes.  I want to be the district attorney in order to protect Nassau County residents from dangerous criminals who pose a threat to society.”

Jay Jacobs, the Democratic Committee Chairman for both Nassau and New York State, quickly released a statement about the Republicans’ choice for the position.

“The Nassau Republican Machine, which probably holds a record for the most indicted, convicted and corrupt politicians in America, has finally nominated their candidate for district attorney to fight corruption,” he said. “The old adage, ‘you don’t bite the hand that feeds you,’ should come to the minds of every Nassau voter when deciding who they would like to protect their taxpayer dollars and keep our county safe from corruption. It sure won’t be the machine’s handpicked candidate.”

The candidates are on the ballot in November to replace former Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, who was sworn in as a New York State Court of Appeals judge in June. Joyce A. Smith is currently filling the position of Nassau DA.

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