By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, running for an unprecedented seventh term in office, has picked up endorsements from three Democratic Party clubs in Brooklyn. The Independent Neighborhood Democrats (IND), the Shorefront Democratic Club, and Brooklyn Democrats for Change all announced their endorsements of Hynes last week.
“I am grateful for the support of the Independent Neighborhood Democrats, the Shorefront Democratic Club, and the Brooklyn Democrats for Change – three political clubs with a long record of serving their communities,” Hynes said after the endorsements were announced.
“I look forward to continuing to work with them in improving the lives of residents in their neighborhoods, and throughout Brooklyn,” said Hynes.
IND is a club that represents the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Park Slope and Prospect Heights. The Shorefront Democratic Club is located in Coney Island. Brooklyn Democrats for Change represents Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, Fort Hamilton, Bath Beach and Gravesend. Brooklyn Democrats for Change was founded by Kevin Peter Carroll, the Democratic Party’s district leader in the 64th Assembly District in Bay Ridge.
"We believe that he has been an effective district attorney," Carroll told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. "But what really impressed our members was his work to make the DA's office more community based," said Carroll, who added that the DA's successful effort to open a community courthouse in Red Hook wasa turning point. "We toured the facility. I think the courthouse has helped revitalized that community," he said.
Hynes has also been endorsed by the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats.
Earlier this month, Bedford Stuyvesant’s Vanguard Independent Democratic Association announced that it was supporting Hynes’s re-election bid.
The district attorney has the support of a number of Democratic elected officials and former lawmakers, including Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, former mayor David Dinkins, City Council members Letitia James (Fort Greene), Lewis Fidler (Canarsie), Erik Dilan (East New York), Vincent Gentile (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst)and Mathieu Eugene (Kensington), state senators Eric Adams (Prospect Heights) and Martin Dilan (Bushwick), and Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny (Bay Ridge-Coney Island).
Hynes, a former New York City fire commissioner, has also been endorsed by both the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.
Hynes was re-elected to his sixth term as the district attorney in 2009.
The DA is being challenged by former federal prosecutor Ken Thompson in the Democratic Primary. In a move that shocked the borough’s political establishment, one political club, the Bay Ridge Democrats, chose Thompson over Hynes when making its endorsements.