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Brooklyn District Attorney coronation?

Eric Gonzalez speaks to packed reception at SOMOS

November 5, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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SAN JUAN — As the lobby of the Royal Sonesta Hotel, host to the annual Somos el Futuro conference, began to vibrate with New York’s chattering class on Thursday evening, the media and  political elite shared conversations and cocktails in advance of the evening’s main events — a reception for Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and a multicultural reception. 

Seemingly all at once the hotel’s main lobby and outdoor patio bar, replete with a gas powered fire-pit, emptied out as the swelling crowd grew for what appeared to be the sequel to the “Sermon on the Mount” in a downstairs reception.

Against a backdrop of the hotel’s sprawling pool area by the Atlantic Ocean, and flanked by Bronx Borough President and power-broker Ruben Diaz Jr., along with a smattering of other high profile pols, Gonzalez began to speak to a crowd of a hundred plus people. With no reason to break news or make waves, Gonzalez spoke broadly and positively about the incoming class of citywide elected officials, and heaped praise on the organizers of the annual Somos el Futuro conference.

His closing remarks, the energy of the crowd and a brewing squall made one thing clear — that Gonzalez may or may not be running for New York Attorney General next year. Praising his predecessor and trailblazer the late Ken Thompson, and lauding current Attorney General Letitia James on their transformative approach to criminal justice, Gonzalez closed his remarks by lightly invoking former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. “Look at this beautiful mosaic around us made up of people from Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, all across New York, Puerto Rico and beyond,” said Gonzalez to whistles and applause for the still growing crowd. “It is clear New York continues to lead on diversity and progress.”

The Eagle will continue to read the tea leaves on the ground in San Juan, but one thing is sure, politicos are already buddying up to this still rising star in New York politics. Stay tuned.

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