County Legislators Kitley Covill, Mary Jane Shimsky and Nancy Barr announce support for progressive reform candidate Rocah
Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader ends support for incumbent Scarpino, joins White Plains Council President Nadine Hunt-Robinson and Peekskill Councilman Ramon Fernandez in growing coalition of Westchester leaders backing Rocah in the June 23rd Democratic Primary
WESTCHESTER, NY – Democrat Mimi Rocah, the former federal prosecutor running to unseat the incumbent District Attorney Anthony Scarpino in the June 23rd primary, has amassed a new wave of elected leaders joining her campaign at a time when the country sees the urgency for massive reforms in the criminal justice system.
County Legislators Kitley Covill, Mary Jane Shimsky and Nancy Barr joined their colleagues Catherine Borgia, Lyndon Wiliams, Damon Maher, Alfreda Williams and Chris Johnson in endorsing Rocah, now making a majority of the legislature — eight total — backing Rocah; Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader rescinded his endorsement for the current DA Tony Scarpino; White Plains Council President Nadine Hunt-Robinson and Peekskill Councilman Ramon Fernandez with Ardsley Mayor Nancy Kaboolian, Sleepy Hollow Mayor Kenneth Wray, Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity, Bedford Town Board Deputy Supervisor Mary Ann Carr, Bedford Town Board member Bobbi Bitker, and Town of Pelham Councilwoman Maura Curtin gave their support for Rocah over the incumbent Scarpino.
Rocah’s surge of support also follows Westchester’s own reckoning with police misconduct in the aftermath of an explosive Gothamist/WNYC story revealing secret audio recordings by a whistleblower, turned over to the DA’s office more than a year ago, alleging deep corruption within the Mt. Vernon Police Department. The accusations include framing of innocent people, brutality, and collaboration with “favored” drug dealers. Rocah held a press conference last week with community and county leaders to demand answers from the DA in failing to disclose to defense attorneys their ongoing investigations of the accused officers, and called for the NY State Attorney General Letitia James to take over the investigations.
Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader rescinds his endorsement for Scarpino after disturbing revelations regarding the Mt. Vernon PD
“This was not an easy decision, and I respect Tony’s career in public service, from his time as a judge to his current position as District Attorney,” Council President Khader shares with Black Westchester. “But after the recent disturbing revelations regarding the Mt. Vernon PD, I have spoken to my colleagues and constituents, and it is clear to me that Tony has lost the trust of our community and we need new leadership moving forward. Mimi Rocah is a proven, experienced prosecutor who has laid out critical progressive reforms, which will strengthen our DA’s office and rebuild the trust we desperately need in this moment. It is for these reasons that I am endorsing Mimi, and I look forward to helping her win on June 23rd, and working with her when she is Westchester’s next District Attorney.”
White Plains’ First African-American Female Council President Hunt-Robinson also came out in support of Rocah,
“Police brutality and corruption are an integral part of the wall of structural and systemic racism. Our Westchester District Attorney must be committed to deconstructing that wall, by having African Americans and other people of color in leadership and policy-making roles,” Council President Hunt-Robinson shares. “This is one reason I support Mimi Rocah and the opportunity to see real change during her first 100 days in office.”
Rocah also earned endorsements from the Hastings Democratic Committee (now the tenth party organization behind Rocah’s campaign); Kristen Browde, President of the NY State LGBT Bar Association; former Rye Democratic Chair Meg Cameron; and Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, civil rights attorney.
“I am proud and excited to have these leaders join our campaign. Westchester deserves a DA who is committed to doing everything to ensure justice for all, including standing up to powerful interests and institutions. As we confront police brutality and racial inequality in our criminal justice system, it is clear that we need proactive and engaged leadership, and I am ready to bring the needed change to the Westchester DA’s office. We all need to be part of the solution,” said Rocah.
“I am excited to support Mimi Rocah for Westchester District Attorney. It is clear that we need leaders in every office who are willing to challenge the status quo and Mimi Rocah has made it clear she will be that fresh voice we need for our District Attorney. Especially in this time of challenges it is important that we have confidence in our criminal justice system and trust in our DA,” said County Legislator Kitley Covill (District 2).
“Our county and our country are going through an important and long-overdue reckoning on racial inequality in our society, in particular our criminal justice system.I believe Mimi Rocah’s experience with public integrity cases will make her the DA Westchester can count on,” said County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky (District 12).
“We are facing a crisis with our criminal justice system and this DA’s race matters more than ever. I am proud to stand with Mimi Rocah–she is the right candidate with the right experience to take on the reforms that are so clearly-needed in the DA’s office,” said County Legislator Nancy Barr (District 6).
“From gun violence to police brutality, we need a proactive DA who will put in the work needed to create change here in Westchester. Mimi Rocah is an independent and energetic leader who will institute the reforms and programs we need to keep our community safe. I am proud to stand with her,” said Ardsley Mayor Nancy Kaboolian.
“The status quo on policing and law enforcement here in Westchester is not doing enough to ensure equal justice for all, and that’s why I am supporting Mimi Rocah for DA. Reform is long overdue, and we need a DA who is committed to transparency and accountability at every level — that’s Mimi,” said Sleepy Hollow Mayor Kenneth Wray.
Rocah has also been endorsed by: Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Working Families Party, 1199SEIU, Eleanor’s Legacy, Vote Mama, Restorative Justice International, Black Westchester Magazine, the Hispanic Democrats of Westchester, the Hudson Valley Stonewall Democrats, Blacks in Law Enforcement, National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, Progressive Women of Pelham, Mt. Vernon City Council President Lisa Copeland, Mt. Vernon City Councilmembers Derrick Thompson and Delia Farquharson, New Rochelle City Councilwomen Martha Lopez-Hanratty and Yadira Ramos-Herbert, Yonkers Councilwomen Tasha Diaz and Shanae Williams, NY State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, Rep. Eric Swalwell, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, exonoree and criminal justice advocate Jeff Deskovic, national gun safety advocate Fred Guttenberg, and former US Attorney and Westchester resident, Preet Bharara.
US Prosecutor and MSNBC Legal Analyst and Westchester County Attorney District Candidate Mimi Rocah has also recieved the endorsement of Black Westchester. She stopped by the People Before Politics Radio Show, Sunday, January 26th to talk about why she is the candidate you should vote for Westchester DA, click here to see interview.