“Assembly Member Dan Quart (D-73) said that anybody running for office, especially to be the next Manhattan District Attorney, can talk about reform, anyone can put it up on their website as a plan of reform of what they would do, but nobody has his record of actually accomplishing reform.”
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MANHATTAN - Candidate for Manhattan district attorney Dan Quart and Assembly member Harvey Epstein launched a volunteer canvass and spoke with voters on the Lower East Side yesterday. Assembly member Epstein, who has endorsed Quart, cited his record of achieving criminal justice reform over the past decade for why Quart is the best candidate for Manhattan district attorney. Read more below.
Assembly Member Dan Quart (D-73) said that anybody running for office, especially to be the next Manhattan District Attorney, can talk about reform, anyone can put it up on their website as a plan of reform of what they would do, but nobody has his record of actually accomplishing reform.
“I’m the one with the actual record of real legislative change on a whole host of issues—of getting rid of predicates that were a continuation of stop and frisk, and other criminal justice reforms,” said Quart.
“I did that [by] voting for it and advocating for these things—not last year, not the year before, but for 10 years—before it was easy, before it was popular. And I went back to the voters and defended those views before actual voters in Manhattan. That’s what distinguishes me—the rhetoric of reform as opposed to someone like myself who has actually accomplished it.”
We interviewed Quart as he was meeting with supporters along Avenue C on the Lower East Side, joined by fellow Assembly Member Harvey Epstein (D-74).
We asked Epstein, out of a field of nine candidates—8 Democrats, 1 Republican—why he was throwing his support behind Quart.
“The District Attorney position is so critical for the state of New York, and I’ve worked with Dan for years, known his commitment for criminal justice reform and know he’s going to be a fighter for the things that I believe in,” said Epstein.
“And I think he can lead the DA’s office, he has the critical experience to do transformative change, to talk about systemic racism and how we reform the office in a comprehensive way.”
Quart has said that, if elected as the next DA, he would reform the punitive practices of the DA’s that has disproportionately affected communities of color.
Epstein noted that was the main message he would be conveying to voters.
“We want to reduce the footprint of the office. What we’ve seen over the past decades of leadership in the DA’s office is the overincarceration of young people of color, and we [need to] help low-income communities all over the city, especially in Manhattan, look towards a better day when we are not talking about incarceration, we’re talking education,” Epstein said.
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