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Etan Patz

In NY, race for prosecutor job spotlighted in chokehold case

Elections for top prosecutor in New York City's smallest borough are usually highly local matters. But this year, candidates for Staten Island district attorney are running for an office that got national scrutiny over a police chokehold death last year.

Republican career prosecutor Joan Illuzzi and Democratic former congressman Michael McMahon are vying for an open seat in a community that has become central in the debate over how prosecutors handle allegations of police brutality.

He's a veteran politician who has never been a prosecutor. She's a political novice with decades in a different DA's office. It's become the kind of race where debate tickets get snapped up in...