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Queens District Attorney Candidate Rory Lancman Hosts South Asian Media Roundtable
(By our staff reporter) Queens, New York: On Tuesday, April 25th, Councilman Rory Lancman, a candidate for Queens District Attorney, hosted a roundtable discussion with members of the South Asian press at the famous Jackson Diner in Jackson Heights. The Councilman shared his background and laid out his plans for the District Attorney’s office, which includes a focus on protecting immigrants, tenants, women, and workers’ rights. The Democratic primary is on June 25, 2019 and polls are open from 6 AM to 9 PM. “Our criminal justice system is broken -- it’s racist, discriminates against the poor, and fails to keep women, working people, and immigrants safe. As District Attorney, I will use my authority to radically transform criminal justice in Queens -- to end overpolicing and mass incarceration, money bail, and the manipulation of rules to coerce people into pleading guilty to crimes they didn’t commit, while focusing our resources on protecting women from violence, working people from having their wages stolen and their safety put at risk, immigrants from deportation, and all New Yorkers from hate crimes, with an office that is diverse, transparent, and rooted in the ethics of doing justice." Councilman Lancman was the first to announce his candidacy for District Attorney because Queens can’t wait any longer for real criminal justice reform -- for an end to the overpolicing and mass incarceration of communities of color that marks the New Jim Crow, and for renewed focus on protecting working people, women, immigrants, homeowners, and tenants. As chair of the City Council Committee on the Justice System, he has jurisdiction over the City’s five district attorneys, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and the courts. His hearings, budget actions, and legislation have been on the leading edge of criminal justice reform.
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