Capitol Notes

Could Todd Kaminsky trade in Albany for a job closer to home?

The nomination Tuesday of Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas to the state’s top court could start a game of musical chairs that changes the makeup of the state Senate.

Assuming Singas is confirmed by the state Senate and resigns her current job by August, a special election would be held this fall to fill out the remainder of the district attorney’s term, according to New York Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs, who also leads the Nassau County Democratic Committee.

In the event of a special election, Jacobs said the established political parties would choose candidates to run in the fall. He said the Democrats would utilize a screening committee to vet interested candidates and the final decision would rest with their executive committee.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Jacobs said he knew that Long Island attorney Stephen Drummond wanted to be screened for the vacancy if it occurs. “I’ve heard Todd Kaminsky has shown an interest in the position,” he added, referring to the senior member of the Senate Democrats’ Long Island delegation.

Asked about his interest in the job, a spokesperson for the senator responded, “Sen. Kaminsky is focused on the current session in Albany and ensuring that Long Islanders get everything they need from the state to fully recover from COVID-19 and live in safe, healthy, prosperous communities.”

Before getting elected to the state Assembly, Kaminsky was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern District of New York.

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