Kathleen M. Rice

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Katheleen M. Rice
Kathleen M. Rice.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, New York, District 4
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Nassau County District Attorney
In office
2005-present
PartyDemocratic
Personal
Place of birthNew York City, New York
Kathleen M. Rice (born February 15, 1965, in New York City, New York) is the district attorney for Nassau County. On February 17, 2010, she announced her candidacy for the statewide office of attorney general, the seat vacated by Democrat Andrew Cuomo, who ran for governor in November.[1] Rice, however, was narrowly defeated by State Senator Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, after receiving thirty-two percent of the vote.[2]

Rice is a 2014 Democratic and Working Families Party candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of New York.[3] Rice won both nominations in the primary on June 24, 2014.[4]

Issues

First American donations

Questions were raised concerning donations made to Kathleen Rice's state attorney general campaign by a company that was under the investigation Andrew Cuomo's office at the time, as it could be seen as a conflict of interest should Rice have been elected to the statewide position. According to an article published by the New York Daily News, Rice "received the maximum campaign contribution of $55,900 from Steven Napolitano, who heads a wholly-owned subsidiary of First American Corp."[5] First American Corporation was sued by the state attorney general's office in November 2007 after it had been discovered that the company let a bank select appraisers who then inflated the values that increased the market value of homes they owned.

Teichman double-dipping

Albert Teichman, Chief Assistant to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, has been accused of double-dipping in the state's public employee pension program. Teichman has reportedly been receiving a state pension check from the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office valued at $74,000 while he has been collecting an annual salary of $155,975 in Nassau County. He achieved this after he was granted an exemption by the State Civil Service Commission as dictated under Section 211 of the New York State Retirement and Social Security Law, which, in theory, is "supposed to be granted only in unique cases when no one but the recipient can do the job."[6] Critics argued that it is precisely these "211 waivers" that caused the out of control costs of the state pension system.

Elections

2014

See also: New York's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Rice is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New York's 4th District. Rice won the Democratic nomination and ran uncontested for the Working Families Party nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New York District 4 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen M. Rice 57.3% 7,770
Kevan Abrahams 42.7% 5,791
Total Votes 13,561
Source: New York State Board of Elections - Official Election Results

2010

See also: New York Attorney General election, 2010
2010 Race for Attorney General - Democratic Primary[7]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Eric Schneiderman 34.4%
     Democratic Party Kathleen M. Rice 31.9%
     Democratic Party Sean Coffey 16.4%
     Democratic Party Richard Brodsky 9.9%
     Democratic Party Eric Dinallo 7.4%
Total Votes 661,296

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rice's reports.[8]

Kathleen M. Rice (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 15, 2014$0.00$1,471,492.64$(169,579.35)$1,301,913.29
Running totals
$1,471,492.64$(169,579.35)

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