Rice announces candidacy for attorney general

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice formally announced her candidacy for New York attorney general in a video posted to her campaign's new website today.

In the four-and-a-half minute video, Rice, a Democrat, outlines her record as a tough, innovative, and progressive career prosecutor who vows to fight for ethics reform in Albany. Rice also said she would improve Wall Street regulation and renew the focus on local, "kitchen table" issues affecting communities across the state.

"Our next attorney general will have a broad array of crime to address but in the end the most important thing will be to understand how these crimes affect people in their communities, and this is exactly where I've spent my life's work - not as a career politician, but as a career prosecutor," Rice says in the video.

Rice emphasizes her comprehensive understanding of various types of crimes - from corporate fraud to street violence - and her experience in reducing crime in ways that improve people's day-to-day lives.

Rice said that by announcing her candidacy online, people all across the state have an opportunity to listen firsthand to her biography and her vision for the office of attorney general. Today's video accompanies a newly launched website, active Facebook and Twitter accounts, and short video testimonials from New Yorkers saying why they're already supporting Rice.

"This announcement is just the beginning of a campaign that will be conducted in every corner of the state," District Attorney Rice said. "The problems I tackled on Long Island are the same problems people face from Brooklyn to Buffalo; I intend to be a voice for all New Yorkers as our next attorney general."

Rice is the only woman so far in a five-candidate Democratic primary field. According to the latest campaign finance disclosures, Rice leads the field with more than $2.4 million in the bank.

She is expected to announce a series of high-profile endorsements in the coming days.

Click here to watch Kathleen Rice's message on her website.

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