Lancman must leave
Oct 19, 2018 | 16169 views | 0 0 comments | 508 508 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor

Councilman Rory Lancman's recent announcement that he will run for Queens district attorney is like Bill Cosby campaigning to lead the #MeToo movement. Lancman is an enemy of law enforcement and a friend to felons.

While chairing the City Council Committee on the Justice System, Lancman pestered the police over fare-beating arrest statistics, condemned the NYPD's Criminal Data base to target violent street gang members, and urged cops and Corrections Department officials not to cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities, which violates Federal law.

He didn't even have the decency to delay announcing his candidacy until after current district attorney, Richard Brown, announced his future plans. But there's one decent thing that he can still do.

Lancman must resign from his City Council seat since he can't adequately represent his district while campaigning full time for the DA post. A special election can be held early in 2019 to replace him.

If he refuses to step down, his constituents and the media must demand he do so. He's a career politician who uses each post as a springboard for the next one.

Lancman uses his committee chairmanship as a platform to push his progressive agenda, which includes closing Rikers Island despite protests from constituents and the current Queens DA. Can you imagine him prosecuting hardened career criminals?

Lancman has the right to run for any office he chooses, but his constituents have the right to be represented by a full-time councilman, not a continuous campaigner.


Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills

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