State AG candidate comes to White Plains

Staten island District Attorney Dan Donovan, who is seeking the GOP nod for New York Attorney General, paid a visit to White Plains this morning to pick up an endorsement from former Gov. George Pataki in front of the Westchester County Courthouse.

“I can tell ya,” Pataki said, “that Dan Donovan as state attorney general is not going to tolerate legislative corruption. He’s not going to tolerate politicians who think they’re above the law.”

Donovan welcomed the endorsement of Pataki, the former Peekskill mayor who served 12 years as governor, saying that both he and Pataki believe New Yorkers deserve better government, one that is “free from the choke hold of special interests.”

“The last four years have been a disaster,” he said. “It’s time for a change.”

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci said Monday that he also plans to run for attorney general on the Republican line.

Both men are running in a race that is expected to be vacated at year’s end by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, who is expected to announce he is running for governor.

On the Democratic side, at least five candidates are running for Cuomo’s seat: Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice; former state Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo; lawyer Sean Coffey; Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, D-Greenburgh; and Sen. Eric Schneiderman, D-Manhattan. The parties will nominate their candidates for statewide offices in late May and early June.

Photo: Pataki, at podium, with Donovan

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.