Ex-Manhattan A.D.A. Plans Primary Challenge to Hynes

By Brendan Pierson (New York Law Journal)
July 7, 2012

Abraham George, an eight-year veteran of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, has resigned his position in anticipation of opposing Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes in next year's Democratic primary. George, 33, began working as an assistant district attorney in 2004, immediately after graduating from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. He initially worked in the trial division's special narcotics unit, later moving to the narcotics gangs unit and the homicide investigative unit. In the two years up to his last day, July 2, he worked in the trial division on general criminal matters.

George said he had been considering elective office for "a long time," and that running for district attorney makes sense given his own experience. He said that Hynes' conduct has been "about politics and not justice," citing the recent flurry of criticism surrounding the district attorney's investigation of sexual abuse in Orthodox Jewish communities. George also said the office under Hynes has focused too much on non-violent crimes, especially those related to marijuana.

George said he expects to form a campaign committee later this summer. In 2005, Hynes narrowly beat a primary challenge from state Senator John Sampson, who won 37 percent of the vote to Hynes' 41 percent. In 2009, Hynes was unopposed. Hynes, 77, was first elected in 1989. A spokesman said the district attorney will run for re-election but had no comment on George's bid.