Fordham Law alumna Madeline Singas ’91, who serves as Nassau County District Attorney was featured in an article in The Island Now.
Originally from Astoria, Singas, who was elected to a four-year term in November 2015, started her career 26 years ago as a Queens County prosecutor after graduating from Fordham University School of Law in 1991.
“Fordham taught me a lot about service and what that means, and you use your degree to do well, or you can use your degree to do good for your community,” Singas said at a Bayview Civic Association meeting. “That meant a lot to me, and I wanted to give back to my community.”
When Kathleen Rice, now a member of Congress, was elected as Nassau County district attorney in 2001, she brought Singas on board to develop a special victims bureau for the county, covering crimes related to physical or sexual abuse of women and children.
“For me, those were very important cases because in my house, even though we didn’t have much, I always felt that I had a very safe home. When I got home, everything was OK. People were encouraging me and protecting me and making sure that nothing bad would happen to me,” Singas said. “When I became a prosecutor, I saw that didn’t happen in every household and some of the people who are supposed to protect you are the people who end up hurting you.”