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ENDORSEMENT — Donovan for attorney general

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Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 12:00 am

While Manhattan state Sen. Eric Schneiderman has been doing his part to ruin New York as part of the nation’s worst Legislature, Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan has been doing his best to keep the city’s forgotten borough safe and prosecute criminals there. Now Donovan, a Republican, wants to become the state’s top law enforcement official, and he should be.

Donovan has been the DA in Staten Island — properly Richmond County when referring to his office — since 2004. In 2007 he was re-elected with a commanding 70 percent of the vote.

And he hasn’t slowed down. In 2008, he led the city in convicting dangerous felons, and today boasts a felony conviction rate of more than 90 percent, one of the highest in the state. He’s also served as president of the state district attorneys association, reflecting the respect he’s earned.

What’s Schneiderman been doing? Helping run the state into the ground. Voting for higher taxes that drive job-creating businesses out of the state and higher fees that hit the little guy directly. Passing a state budget that was remarkably late even for New York’s standards and failed to seriously address the structural problems that are leading us toward bankruptcy.

If all that weren’t reason enough to vote for Donovan, just one statement of Schneiderman’s is. He said that if elected, the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and House of Justice would have “an annex in Albany for the first time in the history of the state.”

Even if there were a reason for one advocacy group to have an “annex” in the capital, Sharpton is known as much for his lawbreaking as his civil rights activism. He has a history of flouting tax and election laws. He’s not someone who should enjoy special access to the state’s top prosecutor.

Schneiderman later backed away from the statement, but as is so often the case when a politician speaks off the cuff, it’s the initial words that are most telling. Clearly Sharpton —who still has yet to apologize for his roles in the 1987 Tawana Brawley rape hoax, the 1991 Crown Heights riots and the hatred that led to a 1995 arson in Harlem that killed eight people — would have Schneiderman’s ear.

Another key reason to vote against Schneiderman is this: When it seems that every other legislator in Albany is running a crooked charity to line his own pockets, it’s hard to see how a fellow lawmaker would go after them as hard as Donovan would. In a list of a dozen campaign promises on his website, Donovan puts rooting out corruption at No. 1.

DA Dan Donovan has earned our endorsement for attorney general.

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