White Plains – The NAACP – White Plains/Greenburgh Branch hosted a Criminal Justice Game Changer Town Hall Meeting titled “Criminal Justice System in Westchester County,” with guest speaker Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr., Monday January 29th. The town hall was held at Mount Hope A.M.E. Zion Church located at 65 Lake Street and co-sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Westchester Alumnae Chapter.
“We are pleased to have Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. as our guest tonight!” NAACP Criminal Justice Co-Chair Bart Worden shared with the audience. “Mr. Scarpino, while still relatively new to the position of Westchester County DA has, according to the bio on the County website, thirty-seven years of combined experience as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and as a Judge in and around Westchester County. I’m sure his experience will come in handy as he works to oversee an office that covers the 43 municipalities of Westchester County and prosecutes almost 30,000 criminal cases on an annual basis.”
Mr. Worden went on to explain, that the District Attorney’s Office is responsible for:
Conducting Grand Jury investigations
Deciding whether to prosecute
Offering plea bargains
To help carry out these tasks is a staff of 238 people which includes 119 Assistant District Attorneys, 34 investigators, and 85 support personnel. In addition to the main office in White Plains there are 8 branch offices located throughout the county and the Branch Managers for White Plains and Greenburgh are here this evening.
Following Mr. Worden’s introduction, Mr. Scarpino started the meeting off with a presentation regarding the work of the District Attorney’s Office and then followed that with a Question and Answer opportunity from the audience. Cards and pens were passed out for the audience to write their questions which were organized by reviewers and passed to our Moderator, Rev. Smith, who posed the questions to Mr. Scarpino.
The town hall meeting was well attended. The Criminal Justice Town Hall Meeting was the last effort of the NAACP – White Plains/Greenburgh achieving its mission to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. For more info on the NAACP – White Plains/Greenburgh Branch and future town hall meetings follow them on Facebook.