Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today received endorsements from two of Brooklyn’s leading progressive Democrats.
Assembly Member Robert “Bobby” Carroll (44th AD) and Council Member Brad Lander (39th CD) both of whom represent Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and Kensington in their respective legislative chambers, threw their support behind Gonzalez as the most progressive and qualified Democrat to continue the pioneering work of the late Ken Thompson.
“I am proud to endorse Eric Gonzalez for Brooklyn District Attorney,” said Lander, co-founder of the Progressive Caucus in the New York City Council. “Eric will build upon Ken Thompson’s progressive legacy. He will increase public safety for Brooklynites while reducing our reliance on incarceration, and protecting immigrants from unwarranted deportations. I look forward to working with Eric to strengthen and expand the model we helped create together at the Red Hook Community Justice Center to combat reckless driving, improve traffic justice, and bring about safer streets for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Eric’s innovative approach to justice is a model for the rest of the country.”
“Eric is the right choice for Brooklyn District Attorney,” said Carroll. “From his groundbreaking efforts to protect immigrants, to his Young Adult court providing second chances for youth in the criminal justice system and his efforts to reduce the use of cash bail, Eric has implemented innovative reforms while at the same time driving down crime and keeping Brooklyn safe.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Assembly Member Carroll and Council Member Lander,” said Gonzalez. “At a time when the voices of intolerance and hostility are at an all-time high in our nation’s capital, I look forward to working with progressive leaders here in Brooklyn to push for the innovative reforms we need to improve public safety, reduce incarceration, and protect our city’s immigrants from unfair deportations. In Brooklyn, I want to create a model for what an effective and reform-minded prosecutor’s office looks like.”
Eric Gonzalez is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn. He was raised by a single mother for most of his youth, living first in Williamsburg. During the 1980’s, his family moved to East New York during the height of the city’s crack epidemic.
Gonzalez is a graduate of John Dewey High School in Coney Island, Cornell University and the University of Michigan Law School where he was president of the Latino Law Student Association. He is married with three sons.
Gonzalez has received the endorsement of Public Advocate Letitia James, the Working Families Party, the Vanguard Independent Democratic Association, 32BJ Service Employees International Union, the United Federation of Teachers, the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, the Transit Workers Union Local 100, the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, and more.