A new era in Brooklyn will soon get underway, as Ken Thompson was elected the borough's district attorney Tuesday night. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
It's a historic win. Ken Thompson will be Brooklyn's next district attorney, the first African-American to ever hold the position.
In his speech Tuesday night, Thompson referenced another Brooklyn trailblazer.
"I ran for Brooklyn DA because I heard about a woman named Shirley Chisolm, who ran for president as a black woman and who paved the way for future generations of elected officials of color here in Brooklyn," he said.
Thompson took the stage before his challenger, longtime incumbent Charles Hynes, conceded.
Q: Did Hynes give you a phone call to concede?
Thompson: No he did not. So we had to move on. Brooklyn is ready to move into a new direction, and I'm honored that they picked me.
It's the second time that voters picked Thompson. He beat Hynes by 10 points in the Democratic primary.
He was expected to run unopposed in the general election after Hynes conceded, but in an about-face, Hynes ran aggressively on the Republican and Conservative lines, forcing Thompson to step up his campaign.
Now that Thompson will be stepping into the job of top prosecutor, he said that one of the first orders of business is to reopen some of Hynes' cases in the wake of a wrongful conviction scandal that dogged his last term.
"There are a lot of serious issues in that office, and we have to get to them as soon as possible," Thompson said. "Like if there are any innocent people in prison for murders that they didn't commit, we have an obligation to get them out as soon as possible."
He said that he's already starting putting together his transition team to start on all that work.