Know Your Vote: News from the Queens District Attorney Primary Election - June 25, 2019


Below is a timeline of news headlines from the primary election for Queens District Attorney. We’ll continue adding to the list up until Election Day on June 25th. A voter guide for this race will be released in the weeks before the election. Visit for help with voter registration and other voting questions.

Last updated on: 6/10/2019 at 2:00 PM

Candidates: Tiffany Cabán, Melinda Katz, Rory Lancman, Gregory Lasak, Betty Lugo, Mina Malik, Jose Nieves

June 9, 2019 — A Historic Breakthrough for Sex Workers’ Rights (New Republic
June 7, 2019 — Southeast Queens could decide the race for Queens DA (Queens Daily Eagle)
June 7, 2019 — Tiffany Cabán kicks DA campaign into overdrive with day of endorsements and rallies (Queens Daily Eagle)
June 7, 2019 — Queens District Attorney Candidate Tiffany Cabán Reveals New Ad (Hip Latina)
June 7, 2019 — NYC Bar rates 6 of 7 Democrats ‘Approved’ for Queens DA (Queens Daily Eagle)
June 7, 2019 — Queens DA Election: One-Third Of Voters Are Undecided, Poll Says (Patch)
June 7, 2019 — ‘Sexism & half-truths’: Katz returns fire at Cabán for campaign ad as Queens DA race intensifies (QNS)
June 7, 2019 — Should a Top Prosecutor Have Prior Prosecutorial Experience? 'Qualifications' Debate Rages in Queens District Attorney Race (Gotham Gazette)
June 7, 2019 — Philly DA Larry Krasner Endorses Tiffany Cabán’s Bid to Be Queens’ Next Top Prosecutor (The Indypendent)
June 7, 2019 — Watch: AOC, Tiffany Cabán and the Queens DA Race (The Indypendent)
June 6, 2019 — Prominent Progressive Philadelphia DA Endorses Caban in Queens DA Race (NY1)
June 6, 2019 — Upcoming Elections: What's on the June 25 Ballot in New York City (Gotham Gazette)
June 6, 2019 — Mina Malik is running for Queens DA whether you like it or not (Amsterdam News)
June 6, 2019 — Tiffany Cabán Wants to Reimagine Criminal Justice in Queens (New York Magazine)
June 6, 2019 — DA candidate Mina Malik unveils plan for conviction review unit in Queens (QNS)
June 5, 2019 — ‘The Democratic Primary For Queens DA: A New Era’ Airs On CBSN New York June 19 (CBS New York)
June 5, 2019 — Lasak asked to reckon with ‘Mr. Murder’ nickname at DA candidates forum (QNS)
June 5, 2019 — Queens DA Election: State Comptroller Endorses Melinda Katz (Patch)
June 5, 2019 — Debate Date: Queens District Attorney Candidates Get Ready to Square Off on NY1 (NY1)
June 5, 2019 — The endorsements for Queens district attorney candidates (City & State NY)
June 5, 2019 — Cuomo jumps into Queens DA’s race supporting Borough President Melinda Katz (QNS)
June 4, 2019 — Former Queens judges and prosecutors contribute thousands to Lasak’s campaign (Queens Daily Eagle)
June 4, 2019 — Tiffany Cabán's Rebel Campaign in Queens (The New Yorker)
June 4, 2019 — Queens assemblyman refutes Melinda Katz’s claim that he endorsed her for district attorney (New York Daily News)
June 4, 2019 — Cuomo — at odds with AOC — defends backing Katz in Queens DA race (New York Post)
June 4, 2019 — Sex trafficking in Queens is shaping the District Attorney primary race (amNewYork)
June 4, 2019 — Queens DA Candidate Sued By Former Campaign Petitioner: Report (Patch)
June 4, 2019 — Debate Prep: Queens District Attorney (NY1)
June 4, 2019 — Cuomo Praises ‘Gutsy’ Katz (NY State of Politics)
June 3, 2019 — 'We Will Be Heard': At Queens Pride Parade, DA Candidate Tiffany Cabán Builds On AOC Momentum (Gothamist)
June 3, 2019 — Cuomo backs Queens DA candidate Melinda Katz with planned fundraiser (New York Post)
June 3, 2019 — Lasak ‘well qualified’ and Caban ‘not approved’ by Queens County Bar in DA race rankings (QNS)
June 3, 2019 — Revolt of the Outsiders: First AOC, Now Tiffany Cabán (The Indypendent)
June 3, 2019 — ‘Right out of Donald Trump’s playbook’: Queens DA campaign flyer evokes one candidate’s ire (QNS)
May 31, 2019 — Queens District Attorney candidates slam mayor over College Point shelter plan at neighborhood debate (QNS)
May 31, 2019 — Surprise! All-white Queens Bar Association panel gives highest rating to white male in district attorney race (New York Daily News)
May 30, 2019 — Business With the Court: A Look at Rory Lancman’s Dodgy Donors in Queens DA Race (The Indypendent)
May 30, 2019 — Progressives Find Political Success, and Pushback, as Prosecutors (Governing)
May 30, 2019 — Candidate Forum for Queens District Attorney to be Held in Sunnyside Monday (Sunnyside Post)
May 30, 2019 — Melinda Katz is Soaking Up Endorsements, But That May Not be Enough in the Queens DA Race (NY1)
May 30, 2019 — Victory Fund Endorses Tiffany Cabán; Stonewall Backs Melinda Katz (Gay City News)
May 29, 2019 — Ghoulish Tiffany Caban volunteer said Queens DA Richard Brown should’ve waited 'until after the primary to die’ (New York Daily News)
May 29, 2019 — The endorsements for Queens district attorney candidates (City & State NY)
May 29, 2019 — Meet Tiffany Cabán, The AOC-Endorsed Queens DA Candidate Who Supports Sex Workers (Refinery29)
May 28, 2019 — Queens DA candidate Mina Malik announces she won’t prosecute sex workers (QNS)
May 28, 2019 — Millions of dollars pour into campaigns for Queens DA (Queens Daily Eagle)
May 28, 2019 — Tiffany Cabán Picks Up a Fresh Round of Endorsements (The Indypendent)
May 24, 2019 — Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Endorsed a Little-Known Public Defender in Queens (The New York Times)
May 23, 2019 — Campaign Ads: Queens District Attorney Candidates Provide Video Evidence (Gotham Gazette)
May 23, 2019 — Tiffany Cabán Knows Who the Bad Guys Are (Jacobin)
May 22, 2019 — Tiffany Cabán Is A Queer Latina Running To Be Queens District Attorney — With AOC’s Support (Bustle)
May 22, 2019 — Ocasio-Cortez makes endorsement for Queens district attorney (The Hill)
May 22, 2019 — Ocasio-Cortez Backs Insurgent Tiffany Cabán for Queens D.A., Testing Her Influence in N.Y. (The New York Times)
May 21, 2019 — Why Betty Lugo is Running for Queens District Attorney (NY1)
May 20, 2019 — Queens DA candidates denounce state's gravity knife law (Queens Daily Eagle)
May 17, 2019 — Women’s March leader endorses Tiffany Cabán for DA, citing stance on justice reform (QNS)
May 17, 2019 — Queens DA hopeful taps Obama 2012 veteran and listserv in latest round of fundraising (QNS)
May 16, 2019 — More Of The Same: Ex-Prosecutors Won’t Reform Queens DA Office (The Indypendent)
May 14, 2019 — The politics shaping DA's race (amNewYork)
May 13, 2019 — Progressive Prosecutors Clamor for Queens (The Nation)
May 9, 2019 — Six of seven DA candidates spar (Queens Chronicle)
May 8, 2019 — In Queens DA contest, Tiffany Cabán is the leftest of them all (City & State NY)
May 7, 2019 — Queens DA Election Guide: The Role Of The District Attorney (Patch)
May 6, 2019 — Where the Queens DA candidates stand on the issues (City & State NY)
May 1, 2019 — The Brian Lehrer Show: Queens District Attorney Race (WNYC)
March 14, 2019 — Should Sex Work Be Decriminalized? Different Queens District Attorney Candidates Have Different Answers (WNYC)
February 4, 2019 — Is Queens Ready For a People’s DA? (The Indypendent)
January 22, 2019 — Watch: Formerly-Incarcerated New Yorkers Call For a People’s DA in Queens (The Indypendent)

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