Ken Thompson defeats Charles “Joe” Hynes for the second time in 2013

Hynes concedes…again

Ken Thompson beat incumbent DA Charles Hynes on Nov. 5 with nearly 75 percent of the vote.
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Talk about laying down the law!

A challenger trounced Brooklyn’s 23-year incumbent district attorney by a whopping three-to-one margin — just months after defeating the long-sitting lawman in the Democratic primary.

Former federal prosecutor and Dem nominee Ken Thompson beat DA Charles “Joe” Hynes for the second time this year, capturing almost three-quarters of the vote. Hynes had conceded to Thompson the night of the Sept. 10 primary — but decided a month later to carry on his campaign on the Republican and Conservative party lines after reports appeared alleging that disgraced Democratic Party boss Clarence Norman had helped run Thompson’s campaign. Hynes expressed shock at the severity of his loss to Thompson.

“I was surprised by how wide it was,” the outgoing top attorney said. “It’s given Ken Thompson a clear mandate.”

Hynes said he had been unable to reach Thompson, and had left a concession message with one of the victor’s aides. Hynes promised to set up a transition team by the end of the week to help ease between administrations — similar to the vow he made after his loss in September, and according to Thompson, never made good on.

Hynes declined to comment on whether he was still afraid of Norman — who he helped send up the river in 2005 for accepting illegal donations to his Assembly campaign — controlling the DA’s office. The incumbent had repeatedly raised that fear during the last weeks of the campaign, despite Thompson denying he had any relationship with Norman.

“That’s behind us,” Hynes said.

Thompson expressed gratitude to the 222,348 voters who supported him.

“I’m honored and humbled to serve as your next district attorney. Thank you, Brooklyn,” Thompson told supporters after the numbers came in.

Thompson makes history by being the first challenger to unseat an incumbent district attorney in Brooklyn since 1911, and will be the borough’s first black DA.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at
Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

saintnomore from Park Slope says:
Brooklyn can do so much better than this....
Nov. 6, 2013, 1:53 pm
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
Perhaps, but Charlie Joe had to go. I'm hopeful Thompson knows how lucky he is and will be a quick learner. If not, he'll be ripe for picking apart in 4 years.
Nov. 6, 2013, 2:29 pm
saintnomore from Park Slope says:
Agreed...Charlie probably outlived his stay in office.
Nov. 6, 2013, 2:31 pm
Jay from NYC says:
I think this was a "anyone but Hines" voting result. This new guy, from what I have seen, appears to be soft on crime, so not sure this is a good job fit.
Nov. 6, 2013, 6:50 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
The PBA endorsed Thompson.
Nov. 6, 2013, 6:57 pm
Padric from Sunset Park says:
Maybe now Joe will take a hint and leave.
A two time loser.
Nov. 6, 2013, 7:49 pm
The Producers from Disneyland says:
Time for a new reality show.
I got the Breezy Point Blues
Nov. 6, 2013, 11:01 pm
Jason from Bay Ridge says:
Did enough people vote this time for Hynes to get the message?
Nov. 7, 2013, 12:09 am
RealWorld from BR says:
It's just sad -- once-great guy dropping stitches in later life, cutting corners (to defendants' anguish), equating "Me" with righteousness.

It's a lesson to all of us in any field, at any age: None of us is indispensable. When you've lost your gifts or grip, pass the torch snd move on.
Nov. 7, 2013, 12:17 am
Kevin from Sheepshead Bay says:
I think Hynes broke the record for losing so bad.

Twice !!
Nov. 7, 2013, 12:56 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
The fact that he could just jump parties and genuinely thought he'd win just shows what a power-hungry self serving pimple on Brooklyn this mummy really was. Since I was in the 8th grade, it was never about doing a good job with this guy, it was all about me me me. I'm glad I had a hand in voting Hynes out of office.
Nov. 7, 2013, 2:49 pm
Efrain from Rockaway says:
There is no fool like an old fool.

Time for a DA who will fire Vecchione. Thats all Hynes had to do.
Nov. 7, 2013, 3:05 pm
Moses kestenbaum ODA from Williamsburg says:
Thomson is mayhem , that's what we should expect. Thomson has no experience he has no managerial skills , specialy a DA offices that has over 500 folks working there. Thomson is drunk thatnyounvgive him the keys to the liqueur store , he is gonna drink and drink until he chokes, Thomson has no ideal how to run a DA office of this size
Nov. 7, 2013, 7:18 pm
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
Moses, here's how I see it: you could be entirely right but you don't know for sure.

Here's what we do know: Charlie Joe was slipping badly. You talk about managing an office, but he was asleep at the wheel and not managing (or firing) people he should have, like Vecchione.

At 78, Hynes has been acting like the DA's office was his entitlement. It's not uncommon for 24 years in office to make someone lazy and complacent.

That's bad enough, but when innocent people go to jail and the DA does nothing about it or covers it up to protect their own, it's time for a change.
Even internal investigations were staffed by his political cronies.

Considering how many innocent people have been sitting in jail, did you really want this to continue?

I'll give Thompson the benefit of the doubt that he'll call on experienced hands and rise to the challenge. If he fails, I am certain there will be a credible challenger for DA in 2017 that we can vote for.
Nov. 9, 2013, 4:20 pm

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