This came as no suprise to me, having been watching the goings on over on the second floor at 262 Old Country Road, Mineola. I was just suprised it didn't happen sooner.
Nevertheless, as much as it may suprise some, I am not going to use this post to criticize Rice for the decision.
Rice is newly elected and she has a right to her own people. Klein served her predessor (and our county) well. He is a brilliant and hard working attorney. I have often disagreed with him on cases but I always considered him a friend. As such I will miss him. On the other hand I hope that Rice intends to fill the shoes she has caused to go vacant with another outstanding lawyer and not another administrative crony.
What made Fred Klein so effective as a leader and as the Head of Nassau County's Major Offense Bureau was that he tried cases. He could evaluate the matter and when plea bargaining the case with him, you knew he had a good handle on its viability at trial. Hence even when you thought you had a good case, you had to think twice about it if Fred wasn't willing to get rid of it with a fair plea bargain. Even after he took the job as Bureau chief, Fred kept trying cases. It was one of the things I admired about him. I don't know what Fred plans to do now that he is done at the District Attorney's office. I do know that he would make a great private lawyer, assuming he can make the switch from prosecutor to non public trial lawyer. If he decides to stay in public service it will be to the good of all of us.
The Newspaper said that Rice and Klein didn't see eye to eye. OK like I said she is entitled to her own people. As a taxpayer and citizen however, one who has paid for Fred Klein's training and has benefitted from his work, the newbie doesn't get a honeymoon. He or she better know what they are doing from the jump. This work is too important to learn on the job.