Rocah Takes Workplace As Westchester District Lawyer

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WHITE PLAINS, NY – With her hand on a copy of the United States Constitution, Mimi Rocah was sworn in as the new District Attorney in Westchester on Monday.

Preet Bharara, the former US attorney for the South District of New York, swore it.

The ceremony was held practically in the District Attorney’s press room due to the ongoing new coronavirus pandemic.

Rocah, a Scarsdale resident, said she wished the ceremony could have been public, but no one could have imagined the challenges everyone would go through when she started the campaign last fall.

After taking the oath of office, she said the goals of her term in office were clear.

“Protect our community while you make our system fairer, encourage new ideas and rethink systems that no longer work, and restore public confidence in our justice system,” said Rocah.

“I promise to be a district attorney trying to please everyone in Westchester,” she said.

Rocah won the Democratic primary in June against incumbent District Attorney Anthony Scarpino Jr. It ran unopposed in the November general election after Republican Bruce Bendish was eliminated in September.

According to the District Attorney’s website, Rocah served as the U.S. Assistant Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 2011 to 2017, overseeing the prosecution of organized crime, arms dealers, corrupt officials, drug traffickers, sex traffickers and child robbers.

Prior to the SDNY, Rocah served as a clerk for the Eastern District of New York and the US Court of Appeals for the second circuit. She also worked as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine and Moore.

Rocah was most recently a Distinguished Fellow in Criminal Justice at Pace University School of Law and a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC News.