October 29, 2014
By Stephanie West
Long Island, NY – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has endorsed former federal prosecutor Todd Kaminsky to represent New York’s 20th Assembly District in Long Island. “Todd Kaminsky is exactly the kind of talented, dedicated public servant we need in Albany,” Sen. Schumer said. “As a federal prosecutor, he proved himself to be a relentless defender of New Yorkers—successfully prosecuting scam artists, drug kingpins and corrupt government officials.
As a community advocate, he volunteered countless hours helping his neighbors on the South Shore after Hurricane Sandy, and dedicated himself to improving the area where he grew up".
“I strongly endorse Todd Kaminsky for Assembly; Todd will be a dynamic leader for his constituents—and all New Yorkers.”
As a federal prosecutor representing Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens, and as acting deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section, Todd took down corrupt elected officials who used taxpayer dollars to fund lavish lifestyles, as well as drug kingpins and other major felons. Todd’s successful prosecutions include State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, Jr. and notorious gangster James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond. For his role in the Rosemond case, Todd was given the True American Hero Award from the Federal Drug Agents Foundation.
Todd has been a community advocate for many years. He organized free legal clinics for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, and helped bring tens-of-thousands of dollars in relief funds to local residents. For his efforts, Todd was awarded the Community Service Award from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Long Beach Martin Luther King Center’s Sandy Relief Service Award.
Todd’s commitment to public service has been inspired by his grandparents, who collectively served 40 years on the Long Beach Board of Education. His mother and grandmother were also teachers in the Long Beach School District.
Kaminsky has been endorsed by most labor organizations on Long Island including 1199 SEIU, the Long Island Federation of Labor, NYSUT, and the Nassau County PBA. The New York State AFL-CIO is also supporting Todd's candidacy.
The 20th Assembly District includes Atlantic Beach, Long Beach, Lido Beach, Island Park, Oceanside and the Five Towns – Woodmere, Lawrence, Cedarhurst, Inwood and the Hewletts.
“I am truly humbled to have the endorsement of Sen. Schumer,” Kaminsky said. “It is an honor to have the support of a leader who has dedicated his life to public service, and so effectively represented New York – especially Long Island – for so long. His is an example I will follow in the Assembly.”