Saturday, October 26, 2019

Rockland district attorney election 2019: Walsh and Diederich face off 

A retired judge and a civil rights attorney are vying to become Rockland's next district attorney.

Thomas Walsh, 71, a former county social services attorney, is running on the Democrat, Republican and Conservative lines. He had been a judge since 1983, starting in Haverstraw village and rising to town judge, Surrogate Court judge and state Supreme Court justice. He retired this year to run for district attorney.

Michael Diederich, 64, a retired Army attorney who served in Afghanistan, is running on the Serve Rockland ballot line. He's made previous runs for district attorney, state attorney general and Rockland Legislature. He dropped out of the Democratic Party primary for district attorney.

Walsh rode Ramapo's influential ultra-Orthodox-Hasidic bloc vote to win the Democratic Party line, defeating Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski and two other Democrats. Zebrowski remains on the November ballot on the Working Families Party line but has not been campaigning.

One of Diederich's major campaign themes is his advocacy to investigate and prosecute administrators of private Hasidic Jewish schools for what some say is the lack of secular education as a potential misdemeanor crime.


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