Acting Brooklyn D.A. Eric Gonzalez won the democratic primary on Tuesday night. With 98% of the votes counted, Gonzalez had received 53% of the vote.
Gonzalez was named Acting District Attorney after Thompson died of colon cancer in October. He joined the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office in 1995 as an assistant prosecutor. During the Hynes administration he was promoted to upper management and Thompson appointed him chief assistant district attorney in 2014.
Platform: Gonzalez has positioned himself as the man to expand and complete Thompson-era progressive initiatives, such as the Convictions Review Unit and the Begin Again program.
Advantages: As the acting district attorney, Gonzalez was the favorite. He was endorsed by the New York Times, 15 elected officials including Comptroller Scott Stringer and Letitia James, and nine major New York City unions, including the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
(YWN Desk – NYC)