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The Nassau County Superior Officers Association has endorsed Republican Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray for Nassau district attorney -- more than two months before an expected Democratic primary where voters will select her opponent.
Brian Hoesl, president of the SOA, said Murray has a track record of supporting law enforcement and an agenda that includes tackling Nassau's heroin epidemic, increasing funding to combat cybercrimes, prosecuting environmental polluters and addressing gun violence.
"Kate Murray is a proven leader with an impressive record of accomplishments, important experience and the right priorities for the office of district attorney," said Hoesl, whose union represents 1,100 active and retired police supervisors.
Murray said that she would work with law enforcement agencies to "ensure that our county is the safest in the nation."
Hoesl said Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas, who will take on former Manhattan prosecutor Michael Scotto in a September Democratic primary, is "not much different" than former District Attorney Kathleen Rice, who last year won a seat in Congress.
Nassau's police unions endorsed Republican Bruce Blakeman in the fourth congressional district over Rice. At the time, Rice's campaign complained the endorsements were retaliation for the district attorney's prosecution of a veteran police officer.
Hoesl said Singas' campaign never solicited their endorsement or asked to be screened. The Singas campaign said they were never invited for an interview with the SOA.
"This endorsement doesn't change the fact that Kate Murray has never prosecuted a criminal case in her life," said Singas campaign spokesman Isaac Goldberg. "Madeline Singas is a career prosecutor, not a politician, and she looks to continue her life's work prosecuting violent criminals, drug dealers, and crooked politicians as district attorney."
Nassau Police Benevolent Association president James Carver said his union, along with the Detectives Association, were not ready to make an endorsement in the race. The three unions typically endorse the same candidate.