The race to replace Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is anyone’s game, insiders say.
“It’s a completely wide open race at this point. Most of the public doesn’t know any of these candidates really well yet,” Janos Marton, a one-time contender for the job who dropped out in December, told The Post.
Vance confirmed on Friday he would not stand for reelection. He has served as Manhattan DA since 2010.
Among the most notable aspirants are Tali Weinstein, a Rhodes Scholar, law professor and former clerk to then-Judge Merrick Garland. She most recently served as general counsel to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. Weinstein has the added advantage of being married to Boaz Weinstein, a hedge fund manager worth hundreds of millions of dollars, in a campaign that’s expected to be expensive.
Another contender is Alvin Bragg, a Harlem resident and most recently chief deputy attorney general in New York state.
There’s also Lucy Lang, a director of John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Institute for Innovation in Prosecutions; Diana Florence, a longtime prosecutor who is backed by a number of labor unions; Liz Crotty, a former assistant Manhattan District Attorney, and Dan Quart, a Manhattan Assemblyman.
Also vying for the job is Tahanie Aboushi, a far-left attorney backed by controversial Linda Sarsour and “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib; and Eliza Orlins, a public defender who was once a contestant on “Survivor.”
There’s no polling in the race so far and nobody can predict how ranked-choice voting could impact the outcome. The winner of the June 22 Democratic primary will almost certainly be a shoe-in to take the November general election.
“The biggest issue is whether to proceed with reforming the criminal justice system so that fewer people are locked up,” said Marton, 38. He said that whether to ramp up criminal justice reforms or pull back in an effort to stem rising crime would be the “wedge issue” of the race.