The race to become Manhattan’s next district attorney is shaping up to be one
of the most important in decades, a watershed contest that is likely to
fundamentally change the mission of the prominent office and may affect the
future of former President Donald J. Trump.
Yet the eight candidates are all relative unknowns, and, with no public
polling, there is no clear front-runner. The victor is likely to win the
general election in November without having received a majority of votes in
the Democratic primary.
Dan Quart is a New York State Assembly Member representing Manhattan’s East
Side and one of New York City’s top pro-bono attorneys. A Washington Heights
native, Dan grew up in subsidized housing with his working-class parents.
His dad, Irving, was a public school teacher for 41 years, and his mother,
Madeline was a guidance counselor at a Manhattan public school. Irving and
Madeline instilled the value of service to others and giving back to the
community in Dan from a young age.
After graduating from SUNY Binghamton and St. John’s School of Law, Dan
defended tenants’ rights and public lands as a pro bono attorney.
Volunteering with the Legal Aid Society, Dan represented rent controlled and
stabilized tenants who were facing eviction by unscrupulous developers. He
has also served as an 18-b criminal defense attorney.
Through his legal work, Dan witnessed the harmful failings of New York’s
justice system for Black, indigenous, and people of color and low-income
communities. Since being elected in 2011 to the New York State Assembly,
he’s been a staunch advocate for criminal justice reform and fighting for
Dan is running for Manhattan District Attorney to hold police brutality
accountable, fight white supremacy, end cash bail and mass incarceration,
review wrongful convictions, stop the criminalization of poverty, and offer
more alternatives to jail or prison….
Mr. Quart has been involved with Roosevelt Island issues since 2004 when he
represented Eastwood residents (now Roosevelt Landings) pro bono during their
Mitchell Lama privatization negotiations.
Mr. Quart was at the Roosevelt Island Nisi Restaurant last Saturday speaking
with residents about his run for Manhattan District Attorney and local issues.
I spoke with him too. Here’s what Mr Quart had to say.
Learn more about
Mr Quart’s campaign for Manhattan District Attorney, experience and views on criminal justice issues
at his website.
Get ready, NYC! I’m excited to officially launch my campaign for
today to fight for:
✅Stopping white collar crime
✅and more reforms
— Dan Quart ⚖️ (丹濶特) (@AMDanQuart)
February 4, 2021
Mr Quart’s opponents
in the June 22 Manhattan District Attorney Democratic Party are:
The Gotham Gazette has more information on all the candidates for 2021 Manhattan District Attorney election.