(Max Rivlin-Nadler) Last night's Democratic primary had its share of surprising results, but none possibly more remarkable than Brooklyn's rejection of its 23-year incumbent District Attorney Charles Hynes.
In a stunning upset, former federal prosecutor Ken Thomspon defeated the 78-year-old Hynes with 55% of the vote, following a nasty race that came to a close with allegations of vote fraud within the South Williamsburg ultra-Orthodox community.
“I think folks knew the record I had,” Hynes said in his concession speech last night. “I guess folks came to the conclusion that it was my time.”
Even though Hynes ran on the Republican and Conservative party lines as well, his spokesman says he will not continue to seek reelection. However, his name will still appear on the ballot.
"It has been against tough odds, but we are now on a path to a better future for Brooklyn, one that will make our communities both safer and stronger," Thompson told supporters during his victory speech.
A sharp division among voters in Brooklyn was clear yesterday as scores of Hasidim in South Williamsburg voted for Hynes after advertisements portrayed him as the candidate most dedicated to keeping crime down in the community. But Hynes has also protected the identities of ultra-Orthodox sex-offenders, and critics say he has been slow to pursue allegations of child abuse in the tight-knit community.
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