Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has endorsed former US Prosecutor, MSNBC Legal Analyst and Democratic Westchester County District Attorney candidate, Mimi Rocah, Monday, January 13th.
“There’s no one better prepared to take on the job of Westchester District Attorney than my friend and former colleague, Mimi Rocah,” Preet Bharara said. “Mimi is a tough prosecutor who’s not afraid to take on violent criminals or corrupt politicians, but she’s also thoughtful and compassionate in her approach to justice. I appointed her to be the Justice Department’s top federal prosecutor in Westchester, and I absolutely trust her to be Westchester’s (and my) next District Attorney.”
Rocah served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York for eight of the 16 years Bharara led the office, considered the crown jewel of federal law enforcement.
“It is an honor to have Preet’s support as I run for Westchester DA. He has always been a mentor to me and he has shaped my view of how prosecutors should approach their job by his advice to ‘do the right thing, for the right reasons, in the right way,’ and by setting an example of integrity and fairness in his conduct,” Rocah said.
“At every level of government, we can do more to restore the rule of law and address the damage done by the Trump Administration. I’m running for Westchester DA to be the proactive and effective DA our County needs to fight for the values, principles, and issues that define us as Democrats.”
Most recently, Rocah was the Pace University School of Law’s Distinguished Fellow in Criminal Justice and a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC News. From 2001 to 2017, Rocah served as Assistant United States Attorney with the Southern District of New York, where she was Chief of the White Plains Division until October 2017. Prior to that role, Rocah was the Southern District’s Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Unit, as well as Chief of the General Crimes and Narcotics Units. As a prosecutor, Rocah received numerous Department of Justice awards, most recently, the 2016 Women In Federal Law Enforcement Leadership Award. She has also served as the School Safety Chair at her local elementary school, has been an active member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety, and has organized and participated in numerous forums in Westchester on sexual and domestic violence, and online child predators. Rocah lives in Scarsdale with her husband, two children, and their rescue dog.
Bharara, who made a name for himself in New York for leading corruption cases against top lawmakers and a former close aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo, was a guest at a fundraiser for Rocah’s campaign on Saturday, January 11th in Scarsdale.