This morning, the Police Benevolent Association of Westchester endorsed Republican challenger Dan Schorr in his bid to upset Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore, who was recently endorsed by the Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association.
The PBA of Westchester is a fraternal organization and is not affiliated with the Westchester County PBA, which is the PBA for county police officers. Each police department has its own PBA as well.
This is the statement released by the Schorr campaign:
“The PBA of Westchester endorsement means a great deal to me and I am honored to be running for district attorney with its support,” Mr. Schorr said. “Police officers in Westchester risk their lives to protect the public from dangerous criminals, but their arrests need to be backed up in court with vigorous prosecutions. Violent felons receive lenient sentences in easy plea-bargain deals way too often in this county. I am going to change that the day I take office. Public safety requires toughness and vigilance.”
And here’s the statement from the PBA of Westchester:
“The PBA of Westchester endorses Dan Schorr because of his deep prosecutorial experience and his commitment to fully charging violent felons for their crimes,” said Joseph Giustino, Chairman of the PBA of Westchester Endorsement Committee. “The PBA of Westchester is also impressed by Mr. Schorr’s commitment to crack down on sexual predators in Westchester and provide essential services and protections to victims of domestic violence. The PBA of Westchester is confident that Mr. Schorr will back up the police work of our members and make an outstanding DA.”
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:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.”