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Give us clear priorities for Nassau DA job

Nassau County district attorney candidates Madeline Singas and

Nassau County district attorney candidates Madeline Singas and Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray appear at a voters forum hosted by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce at the Garden City Hotel Sept. 30, 2015. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

With all the serious challenges facing Nassau County and its district attorney's office, it's hard to attach too much importance to the dueling accusations about public employees being used for political activities in that election race.

Democrat Madeline Singas, the acting district attorney, has accused Republican Kate Murray, the Republican Town of Hempstead supervisor, of using town employees to do campaign work. Murray has accused Singas of having employees of the district attorney's office drive her to campaign events. Both campaigns have deflected the accusations. Singas says it's justified that she gets a security officer to drive her. Murray says the town employees were on private time. Public employees should not be used for campaign purposes, particularly not on the clock. But it does go on.

This race so far has provided far too many niggling accusations between the camps and far too little illumination into how each candidate would prosecute crime and oversee this hugely important office, which has a budget of $35 million and 370 employees.

Voters need details on how each would pursue public corruption and deal with claims of police misconduct. They need details on how each would spend the large pot of forfeiture money that comes into the office, and how each would try to stymie a growing heroin problem. The she said-she said that's dominating this tight race so far hasn't told us what we need to know.


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