Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice formally announced her candidacy for New York State Attorney General in a video posted on her campaign’s new website at www.kathleenrice.com on Monday, May 3. A written statement to the press Monday morning reads, “In the four-and-a-half minute video, Rice, a Democrat, outlines her record as a tough, innovative, and progressive career prosecutor who vows to fight for ethics reform in Albany, improved Wall Street regulation and a renewed focus on local ‘kitchen table’ issues affecting communities across the state.”
“Our next attorney general will have a broad array of crime to address but in the end the most important thing will be to understand how these crimes affect people in their communities, and this is exactly where I’ve spent my life’s work – not as a career politician, but as a career prosecutor,” District Attorney Rice says in her video.
In the video, District Attorney Rice emphasizes her comprehensive understanding of various types of crimes – from corporate fraud to street violence – and her experience in reducing crime in ways that improve people’s day-to-day lives.
“The intersecting nature of crime means that what happens in one part of New York can affect all New Yorkers,” District Attorney Rice says in the video. “A financial crime on Wall Street can trigger a predatory lending crime, which can trigger a property crime, and can lead to a drug or alcohol crime. And the chaos in Albany sends the message that laws don’t need to be obeyed. It’s all connected, and the effects are felt where we live, in our homes and our communities. All of this is why I’m running for attorney general – to bring an emphasis on protecting people where they live, and attacking the problems where they fester – in Albany, on Wall Street, in unsafe neighborhoods, and on the Internet. We need to make New York a safer place for all of our families.”
District Attorney Rice said that by announcing her candidacy online, people all across the state have an opportunity to listen firsthand to her biography and her vision for the office of attorney general. The video accompanies a newly launched website, active Facebook and Twitter accounts, and short video testimonials from New Yorkers saying why they’re already supporting Rice.
“This announcement is just the beginning of a campaign that will be conducted in every corner of the state,” Rice said. “The problems I tackled on Long Island are the same problems people face from Brooklyn to Buffalo; I intend to be a voice for all New Yorkers as our next attorney general.”
District Attorney Rice is the only woman in a five-candidate Democratic primary field. According to the latest campaign finance disclosures, Rice leads the field with more than $2.4 million in the bank.
Rice is expected to announce a series of high-profile endorsements in the coming days.