Westchester County’s new District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr., sat down with News 12 for his first official interview since being sworn in. DA Scarpino spoke about the death of Shamoya McKenzie, immigration, cracking down on Heroin dealers and being hard on politicians who violate the public trust in the interview.
During the introductory interview as DA Scarpino warned Westchester politicians, he won’t hesitate to come after them.
“As for politicians who violate the public trust'” Scarpino tells News 12, he is already taking meetings with the FBI, for which he used to be an agent.
The newly elected DA’s first news conference came Tuesday, January 17th, when he announced an arrest in the New Year’s Eve slaying of Mount Vernon 13-year-old Basketball Star, Shamoya McKenzie. He tells News 12, the case was particularly tough for the Mount Vernon native, because he knows the area where the shooting occurred very well.
“It was a random shot, it was an impossible shot,” DA Scarpino tells News 12. “It was a young lady who was being driven by in an area that I know very well, as you know I was a Mount Vernon kid, born and raised there.”
The former FBI Agent and Judge, Anthony Scarpino won the race for Westchester District Attorney over the Republican candidate, Bruce Bendish in November 2016, after Janet DiFiore left in January to become chief judge of the state Court of Appeals.
Scarpino, 65, has spent years teaching criminal law at Iona College. He spent six years as a state Supreme Court justice and nearly 15 years as a Westchester Surrogate judge.
The new DA oversees an office with a $28 million annual budget and more than 200 employees, including 120 prosecutors and 30 investigators.