Press Release

Dan Quart Releases Plan To Keep All New Yorkers Safe

April 5, 2021
Contact: Kate Smart

Dan Quart Releases Plan To Keep All New Yorkers Safe

MANHATTAN - Today, Dan Quart released his public safety plan, detailing how he would keep all New Yorkers safe as Manhattan’s next District Attorney. 

“As District Attorney, I will go to work every day to keep New Yorkers safe,” said Quart. “We do not have to choose between a fairer and a safer city: we can, and we must, choose both. 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.”

Read the full plan below.

Public Safety for All Manhattanites 

As District Attorney, Dan Quart will work every day to keep all Manhattanites safe. Dan knows that we don’t have to make a false choice between a safer city and a fairer city. We can, and we must, choose both. Everything this plan addresses, from holding the police accountable, to getting justice for survivors of sexual assault, to addressing gun violence, contributes to Dan’s vision for a safer Manhattan. 

Justice for sexual abuse and assault survivors: 

Every survivor of sexual assault or abuse deserves justice, and prosecuting sex crimes creates a culture where more victims feel safe coming forward and keeps repeat offenders off the streets. But high-powered men accused of sexual assault are often not held to account, further harming the women they assaulted. The names are familiar to you: Harvey Weinstein. Dominique Strauss Kahn. Jeffrey Epstein. 

Dan has a plan to rebuild this office as a unit that provides real justice for all based on his years of experience defending clients within a system that routinely fails them. Dan will overhaul the sex crimes unit and build an office that centers survivors and their experiences and cannot be corrupted by political or economic interests. Read Dan’s full plan for the Sex Crimes Unit here

Getting guns off our streets: 

We cannot keep Manhattan safe without addressing the recent rise of gun violence in our city. Under Dan’s leadership, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office will prosecute gun violence to the fullest extent. He will also invest in wraparound services, like mental health and employment resources, and partner with community organizations, and deliver justice and resources to victims of gun violence.

Dan knows that charges and prosecutions do not address the underlying causes of the ongoing rise in gun violence. To address the root causes of this violence, Dan will support public health solutions, including heavy investments in community-based violence prevention programs that have been proven to work. 

Standing up to hate and bigotry:

Dan Quart will not tolerate hate crimes or white supremacy in Manhattan. As Manhattan District Attorney, Dan will protect marginalized groups and prosecute white supremacy and other hate groups. Dan will always fully investigate hate crimes and hate groups, and he’ll collect and release data on hate crimes to be transparent on the nature and magnitude of hate violence. 

Dan will prioritize restorative justice and other avenues of justice above incarceration and will take into account the wishes and preferences of the victims when making decisions on these cases. 

Prosecuting violent and economic crime:

Dan Quart will prosecute crime differently. Our approach to prosecution for the past decades hasn’t made us safer, but it has trapped largely Black and brown Manhattanites in a cycle of mass incarceration. A Quart Administration will not be a funnel for mass incarceration. Instead, it will focus on prosecuting violent, economic, and environmental crimes that harm all of our communities.

Protecting workers: 

Dan Quart will investigate and prosecute crimes that make workers unsafe, including employers engaging in wage-theft and those knowingly endangering their employees. The Department of Labor estimates that over $1 billion in wages are stolen from New Yorkers every year-- wage-theft takes on many forms, and the victims are often immigrants, women, and people of color. All workers deserve to be paid a fair wage and employers who cut corners and put their employees at risk will be held accountable. 

Prosecuting cyber crime:

Too many New Yorkers are silent victims of cybercrime. Unfortunately, cybercriminals have been operating without consequence because of a lack of attention, ability, and resources from law enforcement. 

Instead of focusing only on big “wins,” Dan will make sure that every New Yorker who falls victim to cybercrime has the chance to get the help they need by:

  • Reallocating resources and focus to investigate and prosecute cybercrimes that affect working-class Manhattanites.
  • Creating a special initiative to assist small businesses being harmed by cybercrime.
  • Ensuring cybercrime is reported with new intake efforts.
  • Working more closely with federal agencies on information-sharing and coordination.
  • Creating the nation’s first specialized cyber court, an updated training program for our ADAs, and an updated plan to improve our office’s internal cybersecurity program.
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