Nassau Republicans on Monday night picked 32-year-old career prosecutor Anne Donnelly as their party’s candidate in the November election for county prosecutor.
Donnelly, 56, of Garden City has spent his entire career working in the Nassau prosecutor’s office and holds the title of Deputy Chief of the Bureau of Organized Crime and Racketeering.
“My entire career has been about bringing justice to victims of crime and ensuring that those arrested are treated fairly and equitably,” Donnelly said in an interview with Newsday.
Donnelly will face State Senator Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach), who received the nod from Democrats late last month. Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor, has been the dean of the Long Island Democratic Senate delegation since 2018, when Democrats won a majority in the chamber.
Both candidates will campaign for the seat of former Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas midway through her second term. The State Senate confirmed Singas in the State Court of Appeals on June 8.
Nassau GOP Chairman Joseph G. Cairo, Jr. said Donnelly was a clear choice as she is “a candidate who has dedicated her career to keeping the public safe and putting dangerous criminals behind bars.” .
Cairo said Kaminsky “is a political opportunist who spent his time in Albany drafting ‘get out of jail free’ laws to free the most dangerous inmates on our streets.”
Donnelly began working under former DA Denis Dillon shortly after graduating from Fordham University School of Law in 1989 with his law degree.
His career has included over a dozen years of violent crime prosecutions.
Donnelly successfully pursued a criminal case involving the sale and distribution of counterfeit electronics, resulting in the largest asset forfeiture in the county’s history. She also worked with federal prosecutors to convict a “porn doctor” who filmed and forcibly touched patients, Republicans said.
Among her most high-profile cases was the murder trial of Susan Williams, a mother of four in Garden City, convicted of attempting to hire a hitman to kill her ex-husband.
Additionally, she helped develop STOP THEN SEND, a cyberbullying and internet safety program in Nassau schools. She is also responsible for overseeing the prosecution of all computer crimes and liaises with the Nassau County Correctional Center.
Donnelly is married with three grown children. Originally from Franklin Square, she said she returned to Nassau to “take care of the people I grew up with.”
She said she would advocate for changing many elements of the new state bail reform laws, especially changes to how prosecutors and defense lawyers deal with evidence. and discovery, which she called a “burden” that “puts people at risk”.
“Unlike my opponent, I don’t have higher political ambitions,” Donnelly said. “It’s all I’ve ever done and all I’ve ever wanted to do.”