Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes formally announced his bid yesterday for a seventh term as the borough’s top prosecutor, emphasizing the drops in crime and recidivism he said have come under his watch. "Our office has consistently been at the forefront of the latest and most innovative techniques in crime fighting and crime prevention," said Hynes, surrounded by supporters, elected officials and some of the borough’s political leaders as he spoke at Borough Hall.
Hynes is being challenged for the Democratic nomination by Abraham George, a former Manhattan prosecutor, and Kenneth Thompson of Thompson Wigdor. The winner of the Sept. 10 primary will, in all likelihood, go on to win the office in the strongly Democratic borough. Both Thompson and George raked in more campaign contributions during the most recent campaign filing period but Hynes still has more total cash on hand in his war chest (NYLJ, Jan. 17).
Hynes did not mention either one of his rivals during the rally. Instead, he noted how his office has worked with the police, community leaders and elected officials "to, where possible, rehabilitate rather than punish, to treat rather than incarcerate." He continued that the office’s "efforts have reached every community and every neighborhood as we continue to develop culturally sensitive programs and protect our citizens everywhere in Brooklyn. But we’re not done, not by a long shot," Hynes said, drawing cheers from the crowd.
Before he spoke, a number of officials and community leaders voiced their support for the incumbent, including Borough President Marty Markowitz. Hynes also landed an endorsement from former Mayor David Dinkins, who was not at the rally but called Hynes "consistently effective and innovative" in a news release.