MANHATTAN, NY – Assembly Member representing Manhattan’s East Side, one of NYC’s top pro bono attorneys, and champion for criminal justice reform Dan Quart launched his campaign for Manhattan District Attorney today. Featured in his announcement video are The Wire/Boardwalk Empire actor Michael K. Williams and New York activists T.S. Candii, Jeffrey Deskovic, Joanne Logan, and Colin Absalom. Williams, who grew up in New York, is noted for his work with the ACLU and other organizations as a criminal justice reform activist. The video is viewable at quart.vote/video
To highlight his endorsement of Quart, Michael K. Williams released the following statement: “Right now people in power see crimes, not people. We need to flip that on its head and elect leaders who will make sure that justice is served fairly for all. Dan Quart is one of those leaders—at every stage, he has seen people, not crimes, and fought for them every step of the way. As a New York City voter and an advocate for criminal justice reform, I believe Dan Quart is the right choice for Manhattan District Attorney.”
Alongside Williams, four other prominent New Yorkers, whom Dan Quart has worked with throughout his career, also endorsed Quart in the powerful announcement video. In each of their stories, those in power saw crimes, not people. These five stories illustrate a systematic failure to uphold one standard of fairness and justice to all. These stories include:
At time of announcement, Dan Quart has been endorsed for Manhattan District Attorney by: U.S. Congressmember Carolyn Maloney; activist and actor Michael K. Williams; New York State Senator José M. Serrano; New York State Assembly Members Robert Rodriguez, Ron Kim, Aravella Simotas, and Rebecca Seawright; New York City Council Member Diana Ayala; IATSE Local 1; El Nuevo Caribe Democratic Club; East River Democratic Club; gender justice activists Leah Hebert, Elizabeth Crothers, and Rita Pasarell; and activists Jeffrey Deskovic, Colin Absalom, T.S. Candii, Derrick Hamilton, and Taylonn Murphy Sr.
About Michael K Williams: Michael K. Williams played Omar Little on the HBO drama series “The Wire” and “Albert ‘Chalky’ White” on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. An actor who grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Williams has worked with the ACLU and other organizations as a criminal justice reform activist.