MINEOLA, Long Island (WABC) – The New York State Senate on Tuesday confirmed Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas as associate judge on the appellate court, replacing her as the first black prosecutor in the district’s history.
The affirmation filled an important position with a prosecutor and this fall sparked an election to elect a new Nassau County district attorney.
Singas replaces Judge Leslie Stein, who will retire in June.
Acting District Attorney Joyce Smith, who will be sworn in on Wednesday afternoon, is a longtime special accuser for victims.
TOP NEWS | Suspect in the fatal shootout of a 10-year-old boy on multiple charges in Queens
Originally from Hollis, Queens, she graduated from Howard University School of Law. She is the first African American attorney general and the third woman to hold the post in Nassau County’s history.
Singas, who was first elected Nassau prosecutor in November 2015, campaigned for access to justice for all, including the establishment of an immigration office to focus on crimes against immigrants.
She has provided unprecedented resources to work in the restorative justice field by establishing the Community Partnership Program to provide those in need of services with the tools they need to feel better in the community after incarceration integrate.
Singas previously served as Nassau County’s Chief Assistant District Attorney and head of the Nassau County’s first Special Victims Bureau to seek justice for the most vulnerable victims.
She also served as an assistant district attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s office from 1991 to 2006, holding multiple roles during that time.
Singas received her law degree from Fordham Law School after receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science from Barnard College at Columbia University. She is from Astoria, Queens, and is the daughter of Greek immigrants.
Smith previously served as assistant district attorney for the Nassau District Attorney’s Office for Community Relations since 2018, overseeing five program offices including recruitment, immigration, victim services, school-based programs and community affairs, and the Hempstead Community Partnership Program Office, which works to combat gang violence. and use gun violence and promote efforts to reduce relapses and build safer communities.
In her role, she led the establishment of several advisory boards composed of leaders from a variety of communities in Nassau County to further develop engagement efforts and promote collaboration between police, prosecutors, and the communities they serve.
Smith has expanded the office’s involvement across Nassau County’s many different communities and has worked closely with the county executive team responsible for developing the Nassau County Family Justice Center, a resource that is vital to families in crisis and survivors of intimate partner violence and will provide support. and as a member of the Hempstead Prevention Coalition, which deals with substance abuse and addiction in the village of Hempstead.
With a solid background in both criminal and civil justice, Smith previously served as an attorney for four years in the office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, researching and investigating best practice in police-community relations and law enforcement recommended, and three years as executive director of the Bronx Family Justice Center in New York City and deputy commissioner / deputy chief of staff of the mayor’s office to combat domestic violence.
ALSO READ: Father Swan was spotted caring for cygnets in Boston after Mother Swan’s death
She began her career as an assistant district attorney in Queens, where she specialized in domestic violence prosecution for 15 years and eventually rose to the position of chief of staff in the Special Prosecutions Division.
Smith is also an associate professor at Hofstra University.
* More news from Long Island
* Send us a news tip
* Download the abc7NY breaking news app
* Follow us on YouTube
Submit a news tip
Copyright © 2021 WABC-TV. All rights reserved.