So, let’s see, the outgoing U.S. attorney, Michael Garcia, lives in Westchester. The last person appointed to the post, James Comey, was born in Yonkers and lived in Westchester during his tenure from 2002 to 2003. (David Kelley, who was the acting U.S. attorney after Comey and before Garcia, was never appointed.) The person considered by many to be a frontrunner at this point to be appointed by President-elect Barrack Obama is Mark Pomerantz, who’s from Irvington.
All three with Westchester connections, all three accomplished, respected former assistant U.S. attorneys.
But it’s safe to say there are a couple of accomplished, respected former assistant U.S. attorneys with Westchester connections whose names will not be floated for the position:
First up is Andrew McCarthy.
The pro: former head of the U.S. Attorney’s office in White Plains, led the 1995 prosecution of the “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel Rahman and 11 others in connection with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
The con: McCarthy, who left the U.S. attorney’s office in 2003 to work for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative think tank, blasted Obama in interviews and in his writings. In a CNN interview he accused Obama of being “comfortable with people who hate America.”
Next is Ed O’Callaghan
The pro: former co-chief of the Terrorism and National Security Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York who also led high-profile organized crime investigations, including the one that nailed Gregory DePalma, the Scarsdale man and admitted Gambino Crime Family capo, and the one that got Pasquale “Patsy” Parrello, the Bronxville man who federal authorities say is a Genovese Crime Family capo. He was also recently given the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his work investigating the U.N Oil for Food scandal.
The con: O’Callaghan left the office in July to join the McCain campaign. He was sent to Alaska to shut down the “Troopergate” investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin, according to Newsweek .