WHITE PLAINS, NY (CBSNewYork) Westchester County is getting a new top law enforcement officer and voters have re-elected a woman to head the prosecution.
She’s a familiar face from cable TV news.
CBS2’s Tony Aiello recently spoke to Mimi Rocah about her plans for the future.
“I became a prosecutor to help crime victims,” Rocah said.
Elected prosecutor Rocah was sworn in as a federal attorney in 2001 and has served U.S. attorneys appointed by Republicans and Democrats. She mentions renowned prosecutor Preet Bharara, who told her, “Do the right thing in the right way for the right reason. Preet said it often and strongly and well, ”said Rocah.
When President Donald Trump fired Bharara, Rocah turned to television and became a legal analyst who did not hold back criticizing Trump’s Justice Department.
“I think things have gotten more politicized, and one of my goals as a prosecutor is to help this office stay out of politics,” Rocah said.
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Rocah is often described as progressive. She’s not in favor of literally disappointing the police.
“I like reinventing this word, much better than defusing it. How can we make the police safer, better, more effective and fairer? “Rocah said.
Rocah will succeed Anthony Scarpino, whom she defeated in the June primary, to succeed Jeanine Pirro and Janet DiFiore – three of the last four women from Westchester DA.
“Across the country, only about 25% of elected prosecutors are women,” Rocah said, adding that what happened in Westchester marked a remarkable trend.
It is also a remarkable opportunity for them to influence the county’s criminal justice system.