Manhattan DA Race
The Republican ex-rep’s win came in the only highly competitive boroughwide or citywide race as most New Yorkers elected their beeps, comptroller and public advocate with little drama. Meanwhile, Alvin Bragg made history to become Manhattan’s first Black district attorney.
The career prosecutor, who would be the first Black New Yorker to hold the post made famous worldwide by “Law & Order,” emerged at the top of the Democratic pack after Tali Farhadian Weinstein conceded Friday.
In one of the few contests without ranked choice voting, Harlem-born prosecutor Alvin Bragg was up by about 7,000 votes on Tali Farhadian Weinstein. But tens of thousands of absentee ballots won’t be counted for weeks.
A new $8.2 million cash infusion from the DA contender, spouse of hedge fund manager Boaz Weinstein, boosts her visibility in the crowded district attorney race. “New Yorkers for Tali” has spent much of it on TV spots, Facebook ads, mailers — and a podcast.
The former federal prosecutor joined the Democratic Party in 2017, after registering with no party and casting ballots only in presidential-year contests.
Staffers working for Cy Vance worry budget and personnel cuts could hamper the office, which is investigating former President Trump. Reformers say change is needed to fix a flawed culture among district attorneys.
The New York Criminal Bar Association expressed concerns over Diana Florence’s “character and fitness,” citing misconduct accusations over withheld evidence. Florence charged the group with “sexism” after the unusual rebuke.
The race for Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s seat is crowded and fierce. Here’s the rundown on the candidates and more ahead of the June 22 primary.
Cy Vance Raises Almost Nothing for Reelection as Manhattan DA Candidates Amass War Chests and Trump Probe Deepens
The incumbent district attorney has just $4,000 in the bank, new campaign finance filings show, less than any other candidate. It’s the latest indication he is unlikely to run for a fourth term this year.
The Manhattan District Attorney says he has still not decided whether to seek re-election in 2021. But observers say Lang, who worked for Vance, would join the crowded race only if he opted out.
Diana Florence, who left the District Attorney’s office in January following allegations she withheld evidence, becomes the seventh candidate to join the contest.
To deliver on his pledge to refuse funds from those under probe by his office, Cyrus Vance has government personnel assist with campaign fundraising.
Several potential candidates are mulling going up against the Manhattan district attorney, who told THE CITY it’s “too early” to say if he’ll run.
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