WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Ex-prosecutor Bruce Bendish announced Thursday that he is running for Westchester County district attorney, the post left vacant when Janel DiFiore became New York State's top judge.
The former chief of the District Attorney Office’s Homicide Bureau said at his White Plains press conference that he plans to use his 40 years of legal experience “to continue to make Westchester a safe and secure community.”
Bendish, a Republican, is a New Rochelle resident and a veteran criminal defense lawyer, said federal, state and local law enforcement agencies need to interact more so they can better fight crime.
“The District Attorney’s Office cannot be confined to the four walls of a courtroom,” he said, “We must proactively attack the drug and gun problem, by interacting with our schools to make all students aware of the dangers and consequences they face when making poor decisions.”
Bendish promised to be “guided by a doctrine that justice is more important than simple convictions.”
“There is no Democratic way or Republican way, nor liberal or conservative way to fight crime,” he said. “There is only the fair way. Politics plays no part in the execution of the law.”
James McCarty, the first deputy district attorney, is now acting district attorney of Westchester County.
Bendish cited his program to assist seniors in combating identity theft and his proposal to establish a Veterans Court as reasons why he through he was the best suited to be the next district attorney.
A resident of Westchester for 42 years, Bendish called himself a “non-career politician” who has “zero tolerance for political and governmental corruption at any level.”
Bendish will face at least one other Republican rival, Mitch Benson, a former Nassau County prosecutor, according to a report by lohud.com. George Fufidio, a Democrat and former Westerchester prosecutor, is also reported to be in the contest, lohud reported.
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