Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
Robert Morgenthau

No More Years: 89-Year-Old Robert Morgenthau to Step Down

morgenthau_1.jpgCity Room is reporting that Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau will not seek re-election this year. Morgenthau, who will turn 90 this summer, has held the post since 1975.

His departure marks a changing of the guard and opens one ofManhattan’s plum elected posts for the first time in decades — a majordraw in a year when the overturning of term limits has left many of thecity’s ambitious younger politicians pondering their future.

This changing of the guard could also be a tremendous opportunity to make traffic justice an issue in the election of the next DA. Morgenthau's successor will replace the man whose office recently doled out a 16-day jail term to a speeding drunk driver who killed a woman and left the scene -- just one example of the cheapening of human life that livable streets advocates have, sadly, come to expect from the borough's top enforcer.

Even before today's news, Leslie Crocker Snyder had again thrown her hat in the ring. Here's hoping she and her opponents will give public safety on New York City streets the attention it sorely needs.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

Friday’s Headlines: The Polk’s on Us Edition

This afternoon, our reporter Jesse Coburn will journey to Midtown to accept Streetsblog's first George Polk Award, one of journalism's highest honors. But before that, here's the news.

April 12, 2024

Op-Ed: Police Placard Corruption Report Was Weak, Disappointing … and Completely Expected

The Department of Investigations clearly had ample evidence of crimes and serious violations, yet its report lets everyone off the hook.

April 12, 2024

City Unveils Design for Long-Decrepit East Harlem Greenway

Nearly two dozen blocks of crumbling greenway along the Harlem River are slated for a revamp in 2025.

April 12, 2024

Thursday’s Headlines: Bike Lanes are Good for Business Edition

A business owner testifies from the heart (and wallet). Plus other news.

April 11, 2024

Environmental Groups Join to Fight Adams’s BQE Reconstruction

Rebuilding the Moses-era highway for another century is not environmental justice.

April 11, 2024
See all posts