Abraham George began his campaign for Brooklyn District Attorney last week by blasting incumbent Charles Hynes, saying he has failed to protect Brooklyn’s children.
The New York Law Journal reports that George, 33, accused Hynes of focusing on small crimes like marijuana possession charges, as opposed to larger and more violent ones, such as child molestation. George specifically referred to the manner in which Hynes dealt with the prosecution of child molesters in the Orthodox Jewish Community, a recent sore point for the sitting DA, who was accused of hiding the names of alleged molesters in order to secure the Jewish vote.
“He’s actually harming people,” George told the Daily News. “There are children who are being harmed because he runs a political office. I’m not going to stand around when I know I can do something about it.”
George said he wishes to pursue the individuals who scare witnesses from coming forward and testifying against molesters. He also hopes to form a campaign committee later on in the summer. He has considered running for this position for a while now, and feels that based on his credentials, he is now prepared to assume this role.
Hynes’ spokesman told the Daily News that Hynes will be running for re-election in 2013.
George grew up in Sheepshead Bay and now lives in Williamsburg.
He graduated from Hofstra University School of Law, and has served as an assistant prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for the past eight years.