NEW YORK (TIP): Notwithstanding a Newsday/News 12/Siena College poll showing the race nearly tied going into Election Day, Democratic Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas won a full term in office Tuesday, November 3 night, winning nearly 58 percent of the vote (113,110 votes) to Republican Kate Murray’s 42 percent (82,028 votes). Singas beat former Hempstead Town Supervisor Murray by a 15-percent margin, trashing the latter’s record of never losing.
Singas was though humble in her resounding victory, saying “This victory transcends Republican or Democrat. This victory means the voters put aside their partisan issues. The voters overwhelmingly said we’re going to put our community first.”
Speaking to fellow Republicans in Westbury, Murray said she had “never been prouder” of any campaign she had run.
“When you’re in a tight race, you see who your friends are, and my goodness, I never knew I had so many friends,” she said.
The swing in favor of Singas is possibly because of the strong position she had taken on corruption in the County. The South Asian community, in particular, feels strongly about the issue. When we carried on the front page on October 30th the story “Madeline Singas favors review of town contracting practices”, we were told by many that Singas was the right person to be in the job. Well, the voters have done their job. It is for Singas now to deliver on her promise.
The Indian Panorama will in particular like to remind Singas that catching a Harendra Singh should not be the end of the story. There are others in the gang who need to be identified and brought to book. We hope Singas will keep her promise to the voters, and we wish her well.