Gov. Cuomo appoints Nassau DA to investigate Schneiderman claims

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Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas was named the special prosecutor to investigate abuse claims against former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Singas is a career prosecutor who headed up the first Special Victims Unit in the Nassau District Attorney’s Office. Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited her work with that unit as part of the reason he appointed her to be the special prosecutor to investigate the physical abuse allegations four women leveled against Schneiderman.

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The allegations were first reported by the New Yorker.

In a statement, the governor said, “she has specific and extensive expertise in this area."

Julia Fenster, the president of Nassau's chapter of the National Organization For Women, called Singas a “very seasoned prosecutor.”

“She has been involved with hundreds of cases involving violence against women. She's the perfect choice,” said Fenster.

Singas' office declined an interview with News 12, but issued a statement that said in part that the investigation “is a responsibility I take very seriously. We will thoroughly review the facts and the law and take whatever action is appropriate."

Michael Dawidziak, a political consultant who often works for Republicans, said while Singas is qualified for the job, she is an elected Democrat. He thinks the Democratic governor should have picked a politically independent investigator.

“It probably would have been better to pick someone who is not in the political process, someone like [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller is on the national level,” said Dawidziak.

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