NEW YORK – Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Thursday that Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas will prosecute former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who faces multiple sexual abuse allegations.
Cuomo said at a press conference that no one is above the law, and the law will be justly and swiftly prosecuted.
“Whether you’re the Attorney General, whether you’re the head of a large corporate, whether you’re a media big shot – it does not matter,” said Cuomo. “The law is the law and everyone is subject to the law.”
An attorney for Schneiderman said she’s confident the district attorney, who has been charged with investigating sexual misconduct allegations against her client “will conduct a fair, thorough and unbiased investigation.”
The Governor said he wants the public to feel confident in Schneiderman’s case.
“There’s two sides to the equation and it’s important that the public has total confidence in the justice system and everything we’re doing,” said Cuomo.
DA Singas said she will systematically pick apart the Schneiderman case.
“We will gather the evidence that is necessary. We will analyze that evidence. We will analyze the laws of New York State to see when we can bring charges, if we can bring charges,” said Singas. ” We will treat this case the same whether the alleged perpetrator is a worker or a CEO or the former Attorney General of the State of New York.”
Before becoming Nassau County District Attorney, Singas headed the special victim’s unit in the Nassau County District Attorney’s office.
Schneiderman abruptly resigned Monday night after The New Yorker outlined allegations by four women with whom he had been in a relationship, that he abused them, often after drinking and/or in bed.