Congress-Bound Prosecutor: Aide Should Take Over

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -

A longtime suburban New York prosecutor just elected to the U.S. House of Representatives wants her chief assistant to take over as acting Nassau County district attorney until a special election can be held next November.

Democrat Kathleen Rice, still basking in her victory over Republican opponent Bruce Blakeman in the 4th Congressional District on Long Island, said that she plans to remain as prosecutor until she is sworn in on Jan. 3.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have the final say on whether to appoint a successor or schedule an election. But Rice said she’d like her chief assistant, Madeline Singas, to succeed her.

“It is critically important that there be a consistency in the management and not a lot of upheaval between now and next November when a new DA will be elected,” Rice said.

Rice said she would “never be that presumptuous” to reach out to Cuomo to discuss her successor, but added, “It would be my hope that he would ask me what I thought.”