What We Missed in the Manhattan D.A. Race

A spokesperson for a certain Manhattan district attorney candidate has threatened to poke his own eyes out if one more day passed without news on this site about the race. (Admittedly, we've been a little distracted lately.) So, to prevent any more Senate-related injuries, here’s a round-up of what’s been happening in the Manhattan district attorney’s race:

Leslie Crocker Snyder

She was endorsed on June 11 by Ed Koch, the three-term, pro-death-penalty mayor. At the event, Snyder seemed to be picking up talking points from her opponents, mentioning proactive crime prevention (like Richard Aborn) and working with each community throughout the borough (Cy Vance).

More recently, an internal Snyder poll was leaked to the Daily News, showing that Snyder, the only woman in the race, is doing better among male voters than female voters.

Cy Vance

The same day Snyder announced her endorsement, Vance announced that he was endorsed by Carl McCall, the former state comptroller and first African-American major-party nominee for governor.

Vance also announced a plan to hire assistant district attorneys with expertise with mental health issues. He said these prosecutors work “with a dedicated Mental Health Court, will reduce recidivism and provide effective treatment in place of incarceration.” He went on to say that “[t]his measure will increase fairness and justice for all New Yorkers suffering from mental illness.”

Richard Aborn

As Snyder and Vance announced their endorsements, Aborn announced that he had received the backing of Carolyn McCarthy, the Long Island congresswoman best known nationally for her activism on gun control. The two worked together to help lobby congress on gun-control legislation years ago.

Aborn also announced, today, that he was endorsed by City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, who the campaign notes is Hispanic and gay. Continuing with its “liberal law and order” strategy, the campaign also notes that Lopez fought “unlawful arrests and stopping overly restrictive proposed Police Department rules for parade permits.”

UPDATE: An interested reader disputed the notion that Crocker was adjusting her speaking points to pick up on themes from any of her opponents, sending over one piece of her 2005 campaign literature as proof.

Also, this reader said Koch’s position on the death penalty isn’t as relevant as his overall name-recognition. What We Missed in the Manhattan D.A. Race