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Special prosecutor appointed in Schneiderman investigation

May 11, 2018 6:45 am

Rachel Silberstein is reporting for the Times Union Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas has agreed to lead the criminal investigation of ex-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for domestic abuse. At a press conference May 10, Singas vowed to thoroughly investigate allegations that the former attorney general hit, spit on, and threatened four women, and to leave "no stone unturned." Singas has extensive expertise in prosecuting domestic violence cases. In the Queens district attorney's office, she was a founding member of the domestic violence unit, and was later invited to start the first special victims bureau in Nassau County. Singas is also charged with investigating whether Schneiderman used his government position to intimidate or threaten his accusers. "If at any time, he used his office or the office's resources in furtherance of the alleged crimes, then that's something we would look at," she said. Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini will investigate alleged incidents of abuse that occurred in Suffolk County and will coordinate his efforts with Singas' office. Schneiderman resigned May 7, just three hours after The New Yorker published a story detailing the abuse allegations and naming two of his accusers. Read the full story in the Times Union.