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Voters Guide

Madeline Singas |

Madeline Singas is running for Nassau County district attorney

Madeline Singas

Singas said her top issues include "rooting out public corruption and protecting taxpayer dollars." Singas launched a probe into the county's contracting system following allegations of corruption and favoritism and found the process had serious flaws, calling it "a recipe for corruption." She is investigating the travel records of all state lawmakers from Nassau. Singas also wants to aggressively attack Nassau's heroin epidemic through increased enforcement and enhanced education at the middle school level. "We need a multifaceted approach," she said. "There are no easy fixes and we can't keep putting Band-Aids on the heroin problem."

Singas, 49, is running on the Democratic, Women's Equality and Working Families party lines. She grew up in Astoria and graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University with a degree in political science in 1988 and from Fordham University School of Law in 1991. She joined the Queens County district attorney's office in 1991 and rose to domestic violence bureau deputy chief. She was hired by then-Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice in 2006 to lead a new special victims bureau. In 2011, Rice promoted her to chief assistant prosecutor. Singas became acting district attorney in January after Rice was elected to a seat in Congress. Singas lives in Manhasset with her husband and two children.