NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Kenneth Thompson was elected district attorney in Brooklyn Tuesday night, defeating longtime incumbent Charles “Joe” Hynes, who refused to accept defeat after a bruising Democratic primary.
With 58 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Thompson was leading with 72 percent of the vote.
Thompson, 48, will be the borough’s first African-American district attorney. He beat Hynes during the Democratic primary in September, the first time in a century a sitting district attorney was ousted.
Hynes then campaigned as a Republican.
“I think that people will look at my record of nearly 24 years where Brooklyn changed from the fifth most violent place in America in 1990 to a place 13 years later Money Magazine said is one of the 10 best places to live in America. That compared to Thompson’s slim resume,” Hynes told WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell before the election.
Hynes said Thompson twice turned down the chance to debate Hynes at the Brooklyn Bar Association.
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“The reason is quite simple; he can’t explain to a group of lawyers how someone with 5 years as a federal prosecutor was never promoted to a supervisory position, how someone who has no experience in the New York State state criminal justice system could take over an office that is one of the largest in the country.”