NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
The New York State Supreme Court Officers Association is endorsing former Manhattan prosecutor Joan Illuzzi for Staten Island District Attorney.
“Given her extensive prosecutorial experience, which already stands above her opponents, she will bring an enthusiastic and disciplined perspective in service to the residents of Staten Island,” said Patrick Cullen, President of the NYSSCOA.
Illuzzi, who dropped her married name, Orbon, in July for the primary ballots on Thursday, gained endorsements from various law enforcement associations and notable figures including the former Staten Island D.A. Dan Donovan and Congressman Peter T. King.
She said she especially appreciated the court officers’ endorsement.
“After 27 years as a prosecutor, I have worked with scores of Supreme Court Officers and have always been impressed with their work ethic, professionalism, and dedication to protecting our courtrooms,” Illuzzi said in a statement to the Daily News.
“The vigilance displayed by Supreme Court Officers is the reason that prosecutors like myself have a safe and secure environment to dispense justice. So I’m proud and honored to accept the New York State Supreme Court Officers Association endorsement to be the next Staten Island District Attorney,” said Illuzzi.
The Republican challenger resigned as a prosecutor to run for the district attorney spot shortly after the Etan Patz case ended in a mistrial.
Illuzzi is running against former Democratic Congressman Michael McMahon.