Newly elected District Attorney Ken Thompson discussed the beauty and diversity of Brooklyn at his inauguration party on Sunday, February 9 at Steiner Studios. Mayor Bill de Blasio was just one of many elected officials – including Senator Chuck Schumer, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Brooklyn’s own Borough President Eric Adams – to congratulate Thompson for being sworn in as the borough’s first new D.A. in two decades, and the first of African-American descent.
“I didn’t get here on my own; I got here because I had an outstanding team,” said Thompson, thanking everyone in the crowded room, thanking the “giants” that came before him for letting him stand on their shoulders. “When I ran for Brooklyn district attorney, I committed to doing all that I can to keep the people of Brooklyn safe.”
de Blasio called Thompson a “thorough-going progressive.”
“We have never had a district attorney like Ken Thompson before in many ways,” he said. “It’s a moment for change, for sustained change. Ken Thompson epitomizes that. That’s exciting to me.”
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James agreed.
“Change has come to Brooklyn and it’s come to the city of New York,” she said, “and it’s come simply and plainly, and it came convincingly.”
Adams said he admired Thompson for his dedication to the community as well as his family.
“I am proud and I admire Ken, not because he had an outstanding career,” he said, “and not because he crashed the glass ceiling…I admire him because he’s a son. He’s a great dad and a loving husband to his beautiful wife and he’s going to do great action as D.A.”