White Plains — New York's Senior U.S. Senator Charles Schumer today endorsed Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore for re-election citing her strong record of accomplishment as District Attorney, and her years of legal and judicial experience.
"Janet DiFiore has been an effective partner on criminal justice initiatives, bringing together federal and local resources for the benefit of Westchester residents," said Schumer during a news conference October 3rd in White Plains. "We have worked to combat gun violence in our communities, to make our communities safer. Responding to mortgage and real estate fraud, District Attorney DiFiore has worked with local, state and federal agencies to investigate cases that threaten the vitality of neighborhoods. I am pleased that the Fighting Real Estate Fraud Act, which I introduced this week, will enable local prosecutors to enhance their efforts."
Senator Schumer also applauded DiFiore's leadership in achieving one of the highest violent felony conviction rates in the state. Said Schumer, "Violent criminals do not belong on our streets. They belong behind bars."
Said DiFiore, "I am pleased and proud to have Senator Schumer's endorsement. He has been a strong partner on so many levels, all designed to make Westchester County and New York State safer. In the fight against guns and gang violence, Senator Schumer has worked toward providing reimbursement for witness relocation. Also, his foresight to provide local law enforcement with additional resources to pursue specialized investigations involving mortgage fraud greatly enhances our ability to go after unscrupulous people who are preying on unsuspecting homeowners."
The Fighting Real Estate Fraud Act of 2009, introduced by Senator Schumer in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, will establish a competitive grant program in the Department of Justice for local District Attorneys' offices to fight real estate fraud.