Candidates for Brooklyn D.A. Reprise Themes From Primary

, New York Law Journal


Brooklyn D.A. incumbent Charles Hynes
Brooklyn D.A. incumbent Charles Hynes

As the bruising race for Brooklyn District Attorney approaches its end, Democratic nominee Kenneth Thompson predicts he will win by an even larger margin than his convincing primary victory over six-term incumbent Charles Hynes.

But Hynes, now running on the Republican and Conservative lines, is hopeful he can muster enough additional support to prevail in an admittedly uphill contest.

Repeating a theme he had sounded in the primary, Hynes said Tuesday's election, is "a referendum on my 24 years. If the voters of Brooklyn review my record and my qualifications side by side with Ken Thompson, then that referendum should be a successful one."

Thompson, a former federal prosecutor and founding partner of Thompson Wigdor, responded that voters were ready for a change.

"I represent the future of Brooklyn, not Joe Hynes," he said.

Noting his childhood in a housing development, raised by a single mother who was one of the first female New York City police officers, Thompson said he "embod[ies] what New York City should be all about."

With a 19-percent turnout of the borough's almost 950,000 active registered Democrats, Thompson won the Democratic primary in September, 55.3 to 44.6 percent.

According to the state Board of Elections, the Democratic Party has 823,380 more active registered voters in the borough than its two rival parties combined.

Though the general election campaign has had some new twists, both sides say their core arguments have not changed since the September primary (NYLJ, Sept. 9).

Thompson slams Hynes for wrongful convictions and a purportedly hands-off approach to police stop-and-frisk tactics. He pledges to overhaul the prosecutor's office with topflight legal talent.

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