BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Appearing Brooklyn District Lawyer Eric Gonzalez on Wednesday formally introduced his candidacy with a pledge to proceed the work of his late boss and predecessor, Ken Thompson.
Backed by members of a number of influential unions and flanked by his household, Gonzalez stated his expertise working with Thompson made him extra certified than anybody to proceed that work, which he described as a mission to make Brooklyn’s felony justice system extra truthful for all.
“Our work isn’t achieved. The sunshine that Ken Thompson shone down on this borough should proceed to mild the best way of his successor,” Gonzalez stated, at a festive press convention in Mattress-Stuy’s Restoration Plaza. “It is one factor to say you are going to proceed Ken’s legacy, however it’s one other to have been a part of it, to have lived it, and to have continued it in his absence.”
Gonzalez was joined onstage by Thompson’s widow Lu-Shawn Thompson, who stated Gonzalez is the person to hold on her late husband’s work.
“A vote for Eric Gonzalez is a vote for my husband’s legacy,” she stated.
He acquired endorsements from Public Advocate Letitia James, Councilman Brad Lander, and representatives of SEIU 32BJ, the Transport Staff Union, and the Retail, Wholesale, and Division Retailer Union.
Gonzalez took over the Brooklyn DA’s workplace as Thompson’s handpicked successor when Thompson succumbed to most cancers in October, following an historic unseating of longtime DA Charles Hynes in 2013.
Thompson — a former assistant U.S. lawyer whose instances included the prosecution of a seventieth Precinct officer who brutally beat and raped Abner Louima — forged himself as a reformer. He instituted a big-scale conviction-assessment course of that exonerated 22 inmates and launched Start Once more, a program aimed toward clearing a warrant backlog and fixing the authorized issues of low-degree offenders.
Gonzalez has continued in that vein, holding ongoing Start Once more occasions and, this week, saying a plan to work with immigrants in Brooklyn courts in an try to assist them keep away from Trump’s deportation insurance policies.
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