The late Thompson's deputy, Gonzalez, to continue as DA -- Cuomo

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Eric Gonzalez

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

"While we continue to mourn the loss of District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, the important work of the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office does not cease. District Attorney Thompson worked tirelessly to ensure that the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office worked with a mandate to advance justice and treat everyone and every case fairly and with utmost integrity. We must continue that work without interruption or delay.

“Ken Thompson established a new model at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. His focus on proving innocence as well as proving guilt set a new precedent. His legacy should be the continuation of that model and his selection of the person who should run the office in his absence – his number two – should be honored.

“Today I am announcing that no appointment will be made to fill the rest of District Attorney Thompson's term. Until the next election, the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office will continue to be led by Chief Assistant District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, who District Attorney Thompson named earlier to continue his office’s work in his absence. Keeping the first deputy in place when there is mid-term vacancy by a District Attorney is consistent with past practice under this administration.”

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