Seven additional Manhattan elected officials declared themselves this morning for Richard Aborn, the anti-gun advocate whose dark-horse campaign to succeed Robert Morgenthau as District Attorney is picking up momentum.
The added backers brings Aborn’s political endorsements to 14, by his count. So far Cy Vance Jr. has the support of two elected officials, while former judge Leslie Crocker Snyder got her first nod yesterday from Upper East Side assemblyman Micah Kellner.
The crowd backing Aborn today included state senator Eric Schneiderman from upper Manhattan,once considered a likely D.A. candidate himself. “I’ve worked with Richard for 15 years, I know him as an activist and as a visionary reformer,” Schneiderman told a two-reporter press conference in City Hall Park this morning.
Schneiderman was the exception, however. Several endorsers, including East Harlem councilmember Melissa Mark Viverito and state senator Bill Perkins who endorsed Aborn earlier, said the anti-gun crusader was new to them. “I didn’t know much about Richard Aborn before I met him. He was engaged, he listened to my perspective,” said Viverito. “He seemed to understand that it’s not just about law enforcement — which so often criminalizes our youth – but engagement and prevention.”
Also endorsing today were state senators Dan Squadron and Jose Serrano, assemblymen Brian Kavanagh and Richard Gottfried, and councilmembers Gale Brewer and Miguel Martinez.
Viverito said she hadn’t met with Judge Snyder, but all of the other new Aborn backers said they’d made up their minds after sitting with all three candidates. Schneiderman said he had also spoken with Morgenthau who is backing Vance.
Kavanagh said he even read Snyder’s memoir, “25 to Life” about her exciting days as a top state criminal judge. The book earned Snyder a Page Six item this week when the Post reported Snyder’s comments at how embarrassed she was when her police bodyguards expressed amazement at the “anti-American” sentiments and “anal sodomy” contained in Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Angels in America, when Snyder and her husband went to see it.
If there’s a paperback reprint of her book in the offing, Snyder might consider adding a chapter to describe her equally compelling days as a special prosecutor probing the relationship between an FBI agent and his mob informant, as related in this week’s Voice.