Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes conceded to his Democratic rival Ken Thompson–for the second time–tonight, becoming the first sitting district attorney in more than half a century to be voted out of office. Continue reading “Charles Hynes Concedes (Again) to Ken Thompson in Brooklyn DA’s Race”
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes and GOP mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota collided at a Russian rally in Brighton Beach yesterday, where they were both hoping to knit together a coalition of right-leaning immigrant voters. Continue reading “Joe Lhota and Charles Hynes Collide at Russian Rally”
Republican ex-Senator Al D’Amato has found another Thompson to support in this year’s election cycle: Ken Thompson, the Democratic nominee for Brooklyn district attorney.
Mr. D’Amato, who was a leading fund-raiser for Bill Thompson’s failed mayoral bid, contributed several thousand dollars to Mr. Thompson’s campaign as he faced off in the primary against incumbent District Attorney Charles Hynes. Continue reading “Al D’Amato Backs Another Democrat Named Thompson”
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is apparently hanging up his spurs.
The New York Law Journal reported today that Mr. Hynes will not contest his re-election after losing the Democratic primary.
Last night, the Kings County Conservative Party backed their borough’s district attorney, Joe Hynes, for re-election and, citing his safety record, they formally offered him their ballot line come November. Although Mr. Hynes has been endorsed by the Conservatives for years, at least one of his Democratic primary rivals, Ken Thompson, was outraged by the bipartisan embrace and released a statement detailing his disgust.
“It is appalling that DA Hynes would accept the endorsement of a fringe right-wing group which opposes a woman’s right to choose, gun control and a minimum wage increase, supports the racial profiling of suspects, and sought to remove President Obama from office,” Mr. Thompson said this morning.
Kings County District Attorney Hynes has been battered by negative headlines in recent months, but a large host of elected officials and a packed crowd still stood shoulder-to-shoulder with him today for the formal announcement of his re-election campaign on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall.
“Joe, this is more than a political rally, this is a love-fest. It’s really a love-fest between the residents of Brooklyn and you!” Borough President Marty Markowitz declared. “I hereby endorse this year of course, 2013, and 2017! And 2021!”
Earlier today, Abe George, a former prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office and a candidate next year against incumbent Brooklyn D.A. Joe Hynes announced one of his key campaign platforms will be relaxing penalties for marijuana possession.
“As a career prosecutor who spent considerable time investigating and prosecuting drug crimes, I have seen first hand how valuable resources have been wasted enforcing antiquated marijuana laws rather than fighting crimes that directly impact the public good,” Mr. George said in a statement that also noted anti-marijuana laws’ disproportionate effect on young minorities. “Brooklyn, which has long led the city in homicides and shootings, cannot wait until the New York State Legislature acts at some unknown time to finally decriminalize marijuana possession.”