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Lasak, former judge, announces DA bid

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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:30 am

A former prosecutor who recently retired from the Supreme Court bench in Queens has tossed his gavel into the race for Queens district attorney.

Greg Lasak, a Woodside native, on Tuesday announced his intention to seek the office held by Richard Brown since 1991.

“I grew up in Queens and raised my family here,” Lasak said in a press release sent out by his campaign. “I led the District Attorney’s major crimes prosecutions and was elected a Queens County Supreme Court Justice. I’ve seen the criminal justice system inside and out. So I’m running to be a District Attorney for all of Queens — to keep our communities safe and moving forward,”

He is a graduate of Queens College and New York Law School. As an assistant district attorney he rose to the ranks of chief of the Homicide Bureau and executive assistant for the Major Crimes Division. In 2003, Lasak was elected to the Supreme Court of Queens County and re-elected in 2017 where he served as the deputy administrative judge. He left the bench in September of 2018.

His statement cites a record of getting nearly two dozen wrongful convictions overturned while with the DA’s office.

Lasak said he will end cash bail requirements for low-level offenses and to divert cases from prosecution where appropriate.

Brown has come under criticism for his refusal to establish a formal conviction review to his office, a move he has said is unnecessary. Queens is the only borough without one.

As of now, Brown, 85, has given no indication of his plans for next year.

A former judge, he was first appointed in 1991 by then-Gov. Mario Cuomo — district attorney is a state position — and has been repeatedly re-elected with few serious challengers. He does have known health issues.

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