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Nassau DA Race: Singas receives endorsement of women's rights, abortion rights activists

A coalition of liberal-leaning women's rights groups on Thursday endorsed Democrat Madeline Singas in her campaign for Nassau District Attorney against Republican Kate Murray.

Singas, who has served as acting District Attorney since January, joined members of the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, NARAL Pro-Choice NY, and Eleanor's Legacy at a news conference in Mineola to accept their endorsement.

Activists used the event to spotlight Singas' work prosecuting sex crimes and domestic violence cases, while raising questions about the legal experience of Murray, who serves as Hempstead Town Supervisor.

"Madeline's opponent has never tried a criminal case," said Jane Manning, legislative vice-president of NOW-NYC. "This would be a disaster for women. Prosecuting sex crime cases is not a job you just jump into and wing it. Domestic violence cases, human trafficking cases, these are difficult cases to win. A lot of skill goes into getting convictions in these cases, we need a district attorney who has 24 years of hard earned experience and not one relying on beginner's luck."

Murray's campaign spokesman Bill Corbett did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but on the campaign trail, Murray, who has received the endorsement of the  Nassau, Freeport and Old Westbury police unions, often touts serving as an advocate for the Suffolk University Battered Women's Advocacy Project in 1988 while she attended law school.

Singas said she was "honored" by the endorsements and repeated her calls for Nassau County to create a family legal center in Mineola to provide a "one-stop shop" of legal and social service aid for domestic violence victims.

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