Press Release

Dan Quart Wins First Televised Debate In Race For Manhattan DA

May 5, 2021
Contact: Kate Smart

MANHATTAN - Tonight, candidate for Manhattan district attorney Dan Quart spoke directly to New Yorkers about the issues they care most about: building a fairer system and keeping all Manhattanites safe. From gun violence to hate crimes to police accountability, Quart laid out his vision for a district attorney’s office that voters are excited about.

When asked about the scourge of gun violence and rising crime, Quart responded with his own experience as a community lawyer: “I know this from my personal experience being in the community as a community lawyer. On 108th St. and Madison Ave in East Harlem, about 25 people shot each other two years ago over the summer and there was a twelve year old who was also shot. I met him, I know him, and I’ve seen firsthand the scourge of gun violence in our different communities in Manhattan.”

Quart rejected the notion that a former prosecutor would be able to reform the district attorney’s office in any way, shape or form: “For Democrats out there in Manhattan who are happy with Cy Vance, who want to give him a fourth term, you have five prosecutors to choose from,” said Quart. “It doesn’t matter what’s on their website, it doesn’t matter what they say at this debate, it’s an extension of the prosecutorial mindset that will continue if any of the five of them are elected...

“It’s easy to talk about reform. It’s easy to talk about what you’ll do. But I have a record of actually having done that work while answering to voters. That’s what the next district attorney has to do if they’re going to take the rhetoric of reform and implement it into real policy and changes within this office that’s dying for change.”

While other candidates pressed each other on their records of reform, Quart stood out as the only candidate with a record of achieving police transparency, repealing racist laws, and passing safer gun laws. Quart demonstrated time and again that he is the only candidate with a real record of reform, and that he’s ready to bring the district attorney’s office into the 21st century.

About Dan Quart: Dan Quart is one of NYC’s top pro bono attorneys and a New York State Assemblymember representing Manhattan’s East Side. A Washington Heights native who grew up in subsidized housing with working-class parents, Dan was raised by a public school teacher and a social worker who taught him the value of public service. Since graduating law school, he has dedicated his career to standing up for tenants' rights and advocating for criminal justice reform.

As Manhattan’s next District Attorney, Dan will fight to end mass incarceration, hold law enforcement accountable for police brutality, and ensure that all Manhattanites feel safe. Learn more at and