City Council Member Rory Lancman (D-Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Electchester, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Parkway Village, Jamaica Hills, Jamaica) today announced his candidacy for Queens District Attorney.
Lancman, a life-long progressive fighter for criminal justice reform, kicked off the campaign with the endorsement of a number of progressive criminal justice reform leaders including Gwen Car, mother of the late Eric Garner, Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell, who was killed by NYPD in 2006, and important community leaders from throughout Queens.
“Today, I announce my candidacy for Queens District Attorney because it’s time that criminal justice reform comes to Queens. Our criminal justice system is broken — it’s profoundly unfair to people of color, the poor, wage-earners, women, and immigrants; it’s wasteful and unaccountable; and it needlessly diverts us from attacking real wrongdoing against working people, women, homeowners and tenants, and immigrants. But we can fix it if we work together, said Lancman.
“We’re going to stop the over-policing that has terrorized black and brown communities and the criminalization of marijuana possession, end cash bail, cease trial by ambush, and confront wrongful convictions that have split apart families, I will be a District Attorney who will put justice and fairness first. Queens is a big, diverse place, filled with people from all over the world, and my pledge to the people of our borough is this: regardless of your race, income, physical abilities, religion, age, immigration status, sexual orientation or gender, I will fight for true justice for everyone.”
Lancman also kicked off his 2019 DA campiagn with a video. Check it out: