Press Release

Quart for Manhattan DA Week in Review

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2021
Contact: Kate Smart
617-510-4803
kate@danquart.com

National Association for Social Workers Co-Endorses Quart

Quart Pens Op-Ed Laying Out How He Will Ensure Strong Pandemic Recovery As DA

Quart Promises Justice for Wrongfully Convicted New Yorkers, Commits to Holding Lying Officers Accountable as DA

Quart Meets with Roosevelt Island Residents, Discusses Public Safety Plan with Roosevelt Islander

Quart Discusses Why Police Accountability is Public Safety on WBAI’s “Law of the Land”

MANHATTAN - Last week Quart for Manhattan DA was endorsed by the National Association of Social Workers NYC PAC, coming on the heels of Senator John Liu’s endorsement. As New Yorkers look for leaders with solutions that will bring the city back stronger, Quart penned an op-ed on how the next district attorney can ensure a strong economic recovery by achieving public safety in PoliticsNY. Quart also committed to holding lying police officers accountable and getting justice for wrongfully convicted New Yorkers.

Finally, Quart sat down with Roosevelt Islander and WBAI’s “Law of the Land” for conversations on his plans for public safety as district attorney.

Read more below.

On Monday, National Association of Social Workers NYC PAC, which represents over 5,000 social workers in New York, co-endorsed Quart for Manhattan district attorney.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the support of NASW,” said Quart. “I look forward to working alongside them to provide support and safety to our most vulnerable communities in Manhattan as district attorney.”

On Friday, Quart penned an op-ed in Politics NY on his plans to ensure a post-pandemic economic comeback as district attorney.

Public safety is vital and it will pave the way for an inclusive recovery, writes Quart. By using a number of tools to reduce gun violence, hate crimes, and other violent crime, rather than the narrow set of tools prosecutors traditionally rely on, Quart demonstrates his readiness for the job and his understanding on the role the district attorney must play in bringing New York City back.

“New Yorkers should always be kept safe,” said Quart. “But at this moment, achieving public safety will mean so much more: it will pave the way for an economic recovery, allowing our favorite parts of New York to thrive again.”

Read the full op-ed here.

On Wednesday, Quart re-committed to getting justice for wrongfully convicted New Yorkers if elected. As reported by Gothamist, Quart pledged to hold police officers with known credibility issues accountable, make their names public, and not rely on their testimony as district attorney.

This is a continuation of Quart’s years-long work on police accountability and transparency, including his work leading the repeal of 50-a. Read more below.

Gothamist: Most Manhattan DA Candidates Promise A Mass Conviction Purge Once In Office

Quart, a Manhattan State Assembly Member, echoed a similar sentiment in an email. “We cannot achieve safety for all Manhattanites without trust in the system and that includes holding officers who lie accountable, fully reviewing the cases they participated in and getting justice for people wrongfully convicted,” he said.

On Monday, Roosevelt Islander published their interview with Quart, highlighting his long standing relationship with Roosevelt Island residents, and commitment to ensuring public safety as district attorney.

Watch the full interview here.

And finally, on Tuesday, Quart joined Gloria Browne-Marshall on WBAI’s “Law of the Land” to discuss how his record of achieving reform and experience prepares him to build a fairer and safer city as Manhattan district attorney. Quart also laid out how he plans to continue his years of work on police accountability as district attorney.

“I have a long history, not just on the police secrecy laws, but working with then-Public Advocate Tish James on making sure dashboard cam and body cam footage could not be considered under the police secrecy law, so that had to become… open to the public view,” said Quart. “These were things that I accomplished… there was work for years by legislators like myself, advocates, public defender lawyers that went into finally passing that legislation at the state level.”

Listen to the full interview here.

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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 DanQuart.com and DanQuart.com/Press.