Long-standing district attorneys in Queens and the Bronx appear to be on paths to easy re-election this fall, with no challengers in the September primary and endorsements from the major political parties.
Candidate petitions, which were due at the city Board of Elections late Thursday night, show no primary challengers to Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson or Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Mr. Johnson, the Bronx’s longest-serving district attorney, took office in 1989. Mr. Brown has been serving as the top prosecutor in Queens since 1991. Both men secured endorsements from the county Democratic, Republican and Conservative parties.
The lack of competition in Queens and the Bronx, albeit expected, raised concerns among some government watchdogs.
“Electoral competition is always good for our democracy, and when longtime sitting elected officials are not challenged at the ballot box, it is unfortunate, even if they are doing a good job,” said Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, a civic group.
Without a challenger, Mr. Dadey said, “these contests become less an election and more a coronation.”
Time for Brown to retire. He can no longer perform his job satisfactorily. He is sickly. The Queens DA office needs be blood to tackle the loads of corruption/crime occurring in Queens. Too many cases are going by the wayside.
Brown won't retire until they find him in his seat, permanently napping.
DA Johnson has proved to be a hack, and like Donovan in Staten Island, he is responsible for the injustice and excessive force of authority that led to the death of person.
Coronation indeed, too bad they are more qualified to be court jesters. Wait, they already are.
Brown is starting to look like a Hobbit - he just needs a long pipe.
Note that it's always the Feds who have investigated Queens pols. Not DA Brown.
Many of us expected Peter Vallone Jr. to run for Queens DA, but then he was given a position and he lost his will to challenge Brown.
Perhaps Rory will try after he is term-limited at the Council, but now that he is in County's good graces, he will wait until Brown either retires or passes away.
What? The new revived GOP isn't fielding a candidate? Did they at least cross endorse Brown?
When is DA Brown going to die? a dam vampire. He's got dementia.
no opposition? that is really sad.
Brown has to stand on a milk crate just to reach a mic,time to put him to pasture.
I'll throw my hat into the ring. My brain is still functioning at 100%.
Put his picture on your refrigerator if you want to lose weight !
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