New York City Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James
"Eric is Brooklyn through and through. He is from our community, he understands our community and he fights everyday to make our community a better place. As his work on reducing incarceration, giving young people a second chance and protecting immigrants shows, he is a visionary and progressive reformer," said Public Advocate Letitia James. "Eric will keep our families safe while ensuring equal justice for all communities. For all those reasons, there is no one better able to continue the legacy of the great Ken Thompson. I am proud to be supporting Eric Gonzalez for district attorney."
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
“In a short period of time, Ken Thompson dramatically transformed the criminal justice system in Brooklyn,” said Rep. Jeffries (NY-8). “He then handed the baton to Eric Gonzalez, who picked up where DA Thompson left off. Under Eric’s leadership, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office continues to pursue a progressive criminal justice approach that promotes both public safety and fairness. Without question, Eric Gonzalez is best qualified to continue the transformative change started by his predecessor, and that is why I am proud to strongly endorse his candidacy.”
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
“Progressive policies that take a smart on crime approach, including ‘Begin Again’, young adult court and bail reform, have helped reduce recidivism and led to crime in Brooklyn to historically low levels,” said Rep. Velázquez (NY-7). “Eric Gonzalez will continue these innovative approaches, and that is why I am so proud to support him for district attorney.”
Congressman Jerrold Nadler
“Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions are trying to take us back to the discredited ‘War on Drugs,’ which has resulted in the United States being the world’s biggest jailer,” said Rep. Nadler (NY-10). “I support Eric Gonzalez because he is pushing back against the Trump agenda by treating drug use as a health issue rather than a criminal justice issue. Eric is providing addicts with the treatment and other services they need to break the cycle of addiction.”
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
“Eric Gonzalez has a progressive vision for the district attorney’s office that will help keep our streets safe while providing equal justice for all Brooklynites, including our immigrants,” said Rep. Clarke (NY-9). “As the child of immigrants, I know just how important their contributions are to the fabric of New York City, and District Attorney Gonzalez will do everything in his power to keep families here and resist the pernicious agenda of the Trump administration.”
Congressman Adriano Espaillat
“Brooklyn will continue to be well-served by Eric Gonzalez as their district attorney,” said Rep. Espaillat, the country’s first Dominican-American elected to the United States Congress. “In the short time that he has been leading the district attorney’s office, Eric has addressed the concerns of the diverse immigrant communities of Brooklyn by opposing the Trump administration’s harmful proposals that can, at the very least, disrupt the daily life of some Brooklynites and at worst, break up families. I am delighted to put my support behind Eric. He will sincerely continue to address issues that our immigrant communities are facing in Brooklyn.”
Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito
“Eric Gonzalez is making Brooklyn safer, while implementing criminal justice reforms that make our system fairer,” said Speaker Mark-Viverito. “He has taken historic action to protect Brooklyn’s immigrant communities from unnecessary deportations, creating a national model for prosecutors in the Trump era. He is clearly the most qualified candidate in the race. I believe he is the right person, at the right time to lead Brooklyn in the district attorney’s office.”
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer
“Eric is someone of not just extraordinary intelligence and incredible competence,” said Stringer. “His character is of the highest caliber. He’s guided by an unflappable sense of right and wrong. I’m proud to endorse him – he will continue to be an outstanding district attorney for Brooklyn for years to come.”
Council Member Brad Lander
"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.”
Assembly Member Bobby Carroll
“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.”
Assemblyman Walter Mosley
“Eric Gonzalez worked with DA Thompson to implement successful reforms such as the nationally-renown Conviction Review Unit that has given the wrongfully convicted hope that justice can finally be served,” said Mosley. “DA Gonzalez has continued these innovative approaches to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the community. I look forward to joining DA Gonzalez on his quest to continue this great work.
Council Member Laurie Cumbo
“The families of Brooklyn are well-represented and safer because of Eric Gonzalez,” said Cumbo. “His commitment to providing second chances for our young people and restoring faith in our criminal justice system is why I fully support him for Brooklyn District Attorney.”
Council Member Robert Cornegy
“Acting DA Gonzalez’s progressive reforms like the Begin Again program help residents of my district end their decades-long fear of arrest because of a small misdemeanor case,” said Cornegy. “This is another measure that builds trust between the community and law enforcement. That is something that is desperately needed not only in Brooklyn, but nationwide given the wrong-headed policies coming out of the Trump administration.”
Assembly Member Latrice Walker
“Eric has shown his deep commitment to reforming our criminal justice system,” said Walker. “His initiatives to keep young people out of prison and reduce the reliance on bail are innovative and important steps that address our mass incarceration problem. I know that he will work every day to ensure equal justice for the people of Brooklyn."
Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte
“Immigrant Brooklynites are our neighbors. DA Gonzalez understands this,” said Bichotte, a daughter of Haitian immigrants. “In the short time that he has been leading the district attorney’s office, Eric has addressed the concerns of the diverse immigrant communities of Brooklyn by opposing the Trump administration’s harmful proposals that can, at the very least, disrupt the daily life of some Brooklynites and at worst, break up families. I am delighted to put my support behind Eric. He will sincerely continue to address issues that our immigrant communities are facing in Brooklyn.”
Assembly Member Tremaine Wright
“Brooklyn has made great strides forward in recent years, and Eric Gonzalez will continue that progress,” said Wright. “He has shown that he knows how to make Brooklyn safer, while making our criminal justice system fairer. I strongly support the reforms he's implemented in the district attorney's office and believe he is the best choice to move Brooklyn forward."
Assembly Member Peter Abbate Jr.
“Eric Gonzalez has shown tremendous character throughout his tenure as the Acting District Attorney. After being put in a tough position, inheriting the job under such sad and shocking circumstances he has shown himself to be more than capable of running the department. I am proud to support his election and know that he will continue to build upon the good work that he’s already done,” said Abbate.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz
“From vacating wrongful convictions, to clearing old summons warrants, to setting up an innovative Youth Court, Eric Gonzalez appreciates the need to restore faith in our criminal justice system,” said Borough President Diaz. “He is committed to keeping Brooklyn safer and creating a system that is fairer and more just. Because of Eric’s leadership, Brooklyn is safer than it has ever been and on a path to restoring faith in our criminal justice system.”
Assemblyman Marcos Crespo
“As district attorney, Eric Gonzalez has put civil rights and social justice first," said Assemblyman Crespo. “He knows that our criminal justice system needs continued reforms and is committed to implementing them. This approach is exactly what we need in our district attorneys.”
Washington Heights Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez
“The families of Brooklyn are well-represented and safer because of Eric Gonzalez,” said Council Member Rodriguez. “His commitment to providing second chances for our young people and restoring faith in our criminal justice system is why I fully support him for Brooklyn District Attorney.”