Police chiefs endorse DiFiore

This morning, police chiefs throughout Westchester publicly backed Janet DiFiore’s bid for a second term at District Attorney. The announcement was made at Half Moon Bay restaurant in Dobbs Ferry.

Here’s the official statement:


In a unanimous vote, the Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association, for only the second time in its history, has endorsed a candidate for elected office; the Association has endorsed District Attorney Janet DiFiore for re-election as Westchester County District Attorney.

The first time the Association endorsed a candidate for elected office was four years ago, when it endorsed then-Judge Janet DiFiore for District Attorney.

The Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association is comprised of law enforcement executives: commissioners and chiefs of police from forty-four local and state police agencies in Westchester County.

District Attorney DiFiore received this year’s endorsement in recognition of “[her] nuts and bolts understanding of police operations and the unique aspects of prosecuting crimes in Westchester County”, said Association President Chief Joseph Benefico of the Pelham Police Department. “Your accomplishments in the first term of office validate our previous endorsement and warrant this one. Not only have you created many worthy crime solving and crime prevention programs, you have unfailingly displayed a fair, resolute and thorough approach to criminal prosecution.”

“Over the past three and a half years as District Attorney, I have worked very hard to enhance public safety by working closely with community and law enforcement partners, ensuring fairness and integrity in criminal prosecutions. improving crime fighting intelligence, and educating the public on crime prevention. These proactive strategies define the role of a modern prosecutor,” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore after accepting the Association’s endorsement. “To be recognized and acknowledged for this work by the professionals you work with every day is an honor and an affirmation of all that we have worked to accomplish.”

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.