Westchester DA's primary race pits incumbent Scarpino against first-timer RocahPosted: Updated:
The race for the position of Westchester's top prosecutor is expected to be one of the most intriguing contests this June.
Current District Attorney Anthony Scarpino will go head to head with federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah. Long before the voters have their say, party insiders will have the first shot at deciding at next week's county Democratic Convention.
Both candidates describe themselves as progressive, but it's clear their approach to the job would be different. Scarpino has spent four decades in the public eye, including time as an FBI agent and a judge. He says he will be running on his record, which includes overseeing a drop in crime over his tenure.
"Homicides are down over 30%, burglaries are down over 55%. Westchester is the safest county in the state," says Scarpino.
Scarpino says in his next term, he'll continue to push for policies that make the county safer and avoiding promises he can't keep.
"Anyone can make promises, when you're DA, it's your job not to just make promises. I would suggest many of her promises are really my record," says Scarpino.
Rocah is making her first foray into politics.
"What I've been been doing is not making promises, but telling people a vision of how I would run the office," says Rocah.