MANHATTAN - Dan Quart had a strong start to the NY1 debate tonight, laying out his vision for the office and why his background makes him ready to meet this moment in his opening statement:
“My name is Dan Quart. I'm a State Assembly member from the East Side of Manhattan, a practicing civil and criminal defense attorney for parts of the last 23 years and I’m running for Manhattan district attorney for two very specific reasons. One is a continuation of a life’s work in the community helping others and two, to truly reform this office from bottom to top.
“I was born on 123rd St. and St. Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights and moved to the East Side only because of an affordable housing program called Mitchell Lama. I went to law school at St. John's and it took me 15 years to pay back my student loans. I was rated as one of the city's top pro bono attorneys for my work for those on the precipice of eviction and re-elected to the legislature five times since 2011.
“I’m a leading proponent of not just the rhetoric of reform but achieving actual criminal justice reform and decarceration in the state capitol and that’s why I’m running for district attorney.”