MANHATTAN - This week Dan Quart released his public safety plan, laying out how he would build both a fairer and safer city. Quart sat down with Davis Vanguard to discuss how his plan addresses rising gun violence, sexual assault, hate crimes, and wage-theft.
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Too often the pursuit of public safety and decarceration are thought of as opposing trends. In New York, one candidate for District Attorney would like to upend that sentiment.
This week, New York State Assemblyman and candidate for Manhattan District Attorney, Dan Quart, released his Public Safety Plan, promising to ensure the safety of all residents of the city, vigorously prosecuting gun violence and sex crimes, while also scaling back mass incarceration.
“As District Attorney, I will go to work every day to keep New Yorkers safe. We do not have to choose between a fairer and a safer city: we can, and we must, choose both.” said Quart.
The candidate continued, “From getting justice for survivors of sexual assault, to prosecuting hate and violent crime, to addressing the rise in gun violence our city has seen, my office will always be committed to ensuring the safety of all New Yorkers.”
Quart is a native of the Washington Heights neighborhood, and represents the East Side in the State Assembly. He is one of New York City’s most notable pro-bono criminal defense attorneys.
In his statement, Quart laments a “two-tiered” system of justice when it comes to sexual assault in New York City. For too long the District Attorney failed to prosecute wealthy and powerful men, such as Jeffrey Epstein, for sex crimes.
As District Attorney, Quart said he would pursue such cases wherever there is evidence that a crime has been committed, regardless of the perpetrator. In 2019, he called out the New York
Police Department for under-reporting cases of rape. He called the department's behavior a “severe breach of trust.”
According to candidate Quart, “Our current Manhattan District Attorney has chosen to focus his efforts on prosecuting high-profile cases while abandoning everyday New Yorkers who are the most vulnerable victims.”
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