Not everyone is on board with the possibility of Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci being the next U.S. Attorney in New York’s Northern District.
The Syracuse Chapter of the NAACP sent a letter to Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand expressing their “deep concern” about his potential appointment, citing a discrimination lawsuit filed against him last October by several minority contractors.
The lawsuit accuses Antonacci of singling out minority contractors with actions that include surprise inspections and withholding payments.
The letter says that by allowing his appointment before the lawsuit is concluded would send a message that “political correctness and gross intolerance take priority over our civil and economic rights”.
View the letter below:
If selected for the position, Antonacci would have to go through an FBI background check and need Senate confirmation.
Antonacci was the top pick by Tom Dadey, the Onondaga County GOP Chair and member of the Trump Transition Team.
Dadey cites Antonacci’s experience as a lawyer, certified public accountant and willingness to take on problems, no matter party affiliation.
Dadey feels it’s enough experience to overcome what’s missing on Antonacci’s resume– he’s never prosecuted a criminal case.
“I don’t shy away from the fact that I’ve never been a criminal attorney. I have not prosecuted any criminal cases, but this job is about administration. The U.S. Attorney job defends the United States of America in all civil actions. So, obviously I’ve had experience in civil courts,” Antonacci told NewsChannel 9 in January.
The current U.S. Attorney is Richard Hartunian.
To view the lawsuit, click here.