Press Release

DNC Vice Chair and Former Assembly Member Michael Blake Endorses Dan Quart for Manhattan District Attorney

March 25, 2021
Contact: Kate Smart

MANHATTAN - Today, DNC Vice Chair and former Assembly Member Michael Blake endorsed Dan Quart for Manhattan District Attorney and released the following statement:

“While serving together in the State Assembly with Dan Quart, I saw firsthand his deep commitment to criminal justice reform. From fighting together to repeal 50-a, one of the worst police secrecy laws in the country, to reforming our unjust bail laws, Dan Quart consistently delivered for communities of color, like the ones I represented in the Bronx. I have many great friends and allies in this race. However, after seeing his impactful legal leadership and witnessing his passion about defending the people, I know that Dan Quart is ready on day one to bring his vision of fairness and public safety to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and I’m proud to endorse him.”

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 Carmen De La Rosa, Ron Kim, Robert Rodriguez, Rebecca Seawright, and Aravella Simotas; New York City Council Member Diana Ayala; New York City’s first Public Advocate Mark Green; CWA Local 1101; IATSE Local 1; Chelsea Reform Democratic Club;  El Nuevo Caribe Democratic Club; East River Democratic Club; Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club; Four Freedoms Democratic Club; Lexington 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 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