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Offline EmmBee

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Queens District Attorney, Democratic Primary June 25
« on: March 27, 2019, 03:58:20 PM »
I'm curious to hear thoughts on this one.  I haven't seen any other posts about it.

Here's a pretty good summary of the race and the candidates: http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8326-crowded-race-election-queens-district-attorney-and-reset-prosecutorial-agenda

And here's a quick rundown of who is endorsing who: https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/politics/campaigns-elections/endorsements-queens-district-attorney-candidates.html 

Announced candidates are:
Tiffany Caban
Melinda Katz
Rory Lancman
Gregory Lasak
Betty Lugo
Mina Malik
Jose Nieves

If I can try to sum it up succinctly: It seems like Lasak and Lugo are running as relative moderates with criminal justice experience; Katz and Lancman are running as politicians who see the DA as a person who can fix policy issues; and Caban, Malik and Nieves are running as criminal attorneys who want to reform the DA's office.

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Re: Queens District Attorney, Democratic Primary June 25
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2019, 04:19:30 PM »
re: Tiffany Cabán

Tiffany Cabán Wants To Do More Than 'Reform' The Antiquated Queens DA's Office
http://gothamist.com/2019/03/27/tiffany_caban_queens_da.php

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Re: Queens District Attorney, Democratic Primary June 25
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2019, 05:12:00 PM »
Also very curious to hear what people are thinking about this race.

Progressives seem to be very excited about Cabán (https://theintercept.com/2019/03/26/tiffany-caban-queens-district-attorney/), and I like that she has such a fresh vision, informed by her work on the "other side"... but I have serious doubts about her level of experience and expertise, and her ability to run a large office. I think she's been a public defender (certainly an honorable job) for just a handful of years. She seems like someone with great ideas but not necessarily the right qualifications.

I haven't seen much talk about Mina Malik, but at least on paper, she seems like an excellent candidate. She was an assistant DA in Queens for over a decade, so she certainly knows the ropes, and she's been an outspoken advocate of criminal justice reform. She's also run a large office (the Civilian complaint review board, which handles complaints about NYPD treatment—certain good issues for a DA to be aware of). https://hls.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/11611/Malik

It seems like it may be a race between Caban (DSA/WFP endorsement, grassroots organizing behind her), Katz (name recognition, Queens Dem machine), and Lancman, but I'd love to see more in-depth coverage about all the candidates—like that Gothamist article on Caban—so that we really can make more informed choices. I know there was already one debate about a month ago, but I think more are planned.

The Queens Daily Eagle has had ongoing coverage of this race:
https://queenseagle.com/all?tag=Queens+District+Attorney

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Re: Queens District Attorney, Democratic Primary June 25
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2019, 10:29:04 AM »
While I agree with many (most? all?) of the positions that Tiffany Caban has taken, I agree that she is way too inexperienced to be running that office as DA. 

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Re: Queens District Attorney, Democratic Primary June 25
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2019, 10:47:44 AM »
Maybe one of the others can work for her then

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Re: Queens District Attorney, Democratic Primary June 25
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2019, 09:23:59 AM »
Interesting coverage of how fundraising is shaping up in the DA race (from great new NYC publication The City):
https://thecity.nyc/2019/04/developers-back-katz-for-queens-da-despite-crackdown-vow.html

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Re: Queens District Attorney, Democratic Primary June 25
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2019, 01:35:18 PM »
DEVELOPERS DONATE BIG TO QUEENS DA CANDIDATE WHO VOWS CONSTRUCTION CRACKDOWN


https://thecity.nyc/2019/04/developers-back-katz-for-queens-da-despite-crackdown-vow.html

Katz’s fundraising filings with the state Board of Elections show that more than $250,000 of the roughly $1 million her two campaign funds had collected through Jan. 11 came from real estate developers and other industry interests. That makes her the seven-way contest’s top recipient so far of real estate-related contributions.

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Re: Queens District Attorney, Democratic Primary June 25
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2019, 01:35:18 PM »