Hynes no longer in D.A. race, Thompson puts together “transition team”

September 24, 2013 By Charisma L. Miller, Esq. Brooklyn Daily Eagle

After some speculation that incumbent Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes may challenge the Democratic nominee, Kenneth Thompson, on the Conservative Party ticket, Hynes has unequivocally stated that he will not continue to campaign for the D.A. seat under any political party in the Nov. 5 general election.

In a recent interview with the New York Law Journal, Hynes noted that he was “very firm” in his decision to cease all campaign efforts. Many members of the Republican and Conservative parties have been “trying to persuade [Hynes], but they have been unpersuasive,” Hynes noted.  

On the night of the Democratic Party primary election, on Sept. 10, Hynes called Thompson and “graciously offered a smooth transition,” a spokesperson from Thompson’s campaign told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.  

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The smooth transition includes joint space in the D.A.’s Office during Hynes’ lame duck term through December 2013.  A source familiar with the transition noted that members of the transition team will include Michael Garcia, former United Sates Attorney for the Southern District; Patricia Gatling, a top Hynes deputy and current commissioner and chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights; Michele Hirschman, former first deputy attorney general under Eliot Spitzer; Peter Harvey, former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey; and Anne Vladeck, a named partner at the Manhattan labor and employment law firm Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard.

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