MANHATTAN - Manhattan district attorney candidate Dan Quart released the following statement today:
“Despite dumping $8.2 million of her own money into her campaign, or four times the amount of money than any other candidate, Tali Farhadian Weinstein doesn’t believe she can win on her own ideas, merits, and integrity. Instead, as the race tightens, Ms. Weinstein has decided to spend over $1.4 million on a smear campaign against me. Spreading baseless attacks while running for an office that stands for honesty and trust is deeply troubling and disqualifying.
“The truth is that while Ms. Weinstein was seeking a judgeship from Donald Trump and deciding whether or not she wanted to be a Democrat, I was fighting to reform the state’s rape laws and standing up for survivors of sexual harassment in our state capitol.
“This week, our volunteer team announced that we’ve knocked on 250,000+ doors. What we know is that voters are excited about my plans for safety and justice and they’re ready for someone with an actual record of reform. While Ms. Weinstein continues throwing money at poll numbers that she doesn’t like, we’re going to keep running, and winning, our race.”
Farhadian Weinstein fundamentally misrepresents Quart’s position-- or as someone with zero experience in criminal court, she fundamentally misunderstands-- what domestic violence cases look like in the real world.
- Quart’s position on domestic violence is survivor centered, while Farhadian Weinstein’s is paternalistic. As Manhattan’s next district attorney, Quart will drop most cases in cross-complaints when both parties don’t want to proceed, centering and respecting the voices of survivors.
- Farhadian Weinstein will continue to prosecute those cases, even where parties don't want to go forward, on the logic that she knows better than the complainants.
- Farhadian Weinstein’s position has serious implications for each party's stability. When a case remains open, an order of protection is almost always imposed, and one party cannot remain in the home, cannot be present to provide child care or senior care. Because most people who are prosecuted in domestic violence cases are poor, they cannot just go to a second home (as a billionaire may think) but instead are forced to turn to the shelter system until their case is resolved. Keeping cases open, even where parties don't want to go forward, often prevents a person from working, a consequence that can affect an entire family's stability.
- Additionally, there are many instances where children and parents fight and orders of protection are issued against kids, a parent, or both. As a result, when a case is kept open against their wishes, one or both parties are excluded from the home. Not only does this perpetuate homelessness, but it forces families to enforce the orders, which pits families against each other.
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