Times Endorses Vance for D.A.; Contenders About Even in Cash on Hand


Cy Vance got a big boost in the Manhattan D.A.’s race from the New York Times, which has endorsed him as “an accomplished criminal and civil trial lawyer who offers balanced judgment and a commitment to criminal justice reform.” They like his “Conviction Integrity Panel” idea, a sort of internal affairs bureau for the D.A.’s office, and his promise to focus on white-collar crime; they regret that contender Richard Aborn “cannot match his opponents’ broader experience and gravitas,” and that Leslie Crocker-Snyder’s “taste for publicity… can be at odds with the extraordinary restraint required of the district attorney.” (Meanwhile Aborn has received the backing of the Hotel Trades Council union.)

Vance had previously been endorsed by the current D.A., Robert Morgenthau.

The New York Law Journal reports that Crocker-Snyder and Vance are about even in total fundraising — $2.1 million and $2.2 million, respectively — while Aborn’s total is unreported, though he is said to have a million on hand, which compares well with the $1.2 million and $1.1 million Crocker-Snyder and Vance have left. (Aborn’s office points out that he only got into the race in October, and has raised funds comparably to his opponents in the past month.)