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Tiffany Cabán Rocks The Establishment, Likely to Win Queens DA Race

Tiffany Caban Gives a Victory Speech at La Boom in Woodside Tuesday (QueensPost)

June 25, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan

Political newcomer Tiffany Cabán is on the verge of pulling off a stunning upset to win the Democratic nomination to be the next Queens District Attorney.

With 98.6 percent of the vote in, Cabán had generated 39.6 percent of the vote, about 1,100 votes more than Melinda Katz who pulled in about 38.3 percent of the ballots cast.

Cabán has yet to be officially named the winner, since there are about 3,500 absentee ballots that remain to be counted and Katz has not conceded.

But Cabán had no doubts that she was the winner.

“Tonight we won the Queens District Attorney’s Office,” Caban told her supporters at La Boom in Woodside.

She thanked her volunteers and said that the campaign had overcome many obstacles to win.

“When we started this thing, they said I was too young,” Cabán said. “They said I didn’t look like a district attorney. They said we couldn’t build a movements from the grass roots. They said we could not win–but we did it y’all.”

Cabán, a 31-year-old public defender who was the most progressive candidate in the race, gained momentum in recent weeks– following the endorsement of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the New York Times. Three months ago she was unknown outside of left wing circles and Katz was the expected victor.

Her campaign message promising criminal reforms such as ending cash bail and the decriminalization of sex work resonated with progressive voters. She said she would not prosecute low level offenses such as turnstyle jumping and said that too many black and brown people were being unfairly incarcerated.

In the days leading up to the vote, Katz and Cabán emerged as the two front runners to fill the vacant seat left by longtime District Attorney Richard A. Brown, who died last month.

The majority of endorsements for Cabán, a queer Latina and Astoria resident, came from outside of Queens including presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Inside Queens, the majority of endorsements went to Katz with Cabán picking up a handful of endorsements largely in western Queens where the progressive wave is strongest.

Cabán made a point to thank the Queens elected officials who backed her. When she mentioned Ocasio-Cortez, the crowd started chanting “AOC, AOC, AOC.”

Board of Elections

Katz, 53, who has served Queens for more than two decades as an Assembly Member, City Council Member and Borough President, has yet to concede and is not completely out of the race.

She spoke to her supporters in Forest Hills last night and reiterated the message that criminal justice reforms were needed. She was energized and showed no signs of bowing out of the race.

Katz’ platform, endorsed by a long list of centrist Queens Democrats and party loyalists, sought most of the same reforms as Cabán, such as the end of cash bail and the closing of Rikers Island. In fact, very little separated the candidates in terms of policy.

The race between Katz and Cabán was heated and at times personal. Earlier this month, Cabán released an ad that singled out Katz as a remnant of the Queens Democratic political machine, linking her to the real estate industry.

Just days before the election, Katz shot back, releasing an ad that called Cabán “dangerously wrong,” and stated that Cabán, who has worked as a public defender for six years, was “barely out of law school.”

But Cabán in her victory speech focused on the steps needed to fix the system and made clear that she was more than up for the job.

“The changes we are fighting for mean a fairer more equitable criminal justice system and that doesn’t come at the cost of safety.”

Katz on the Campaign trail Tuesday (Twitter)

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68 Comments

Celtic

So glad my parents moved us out of Sunnyside in 1984 to the lovely confines of Whitestone. Not a day goes by that we regret it, especially after this.

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We didn't miss you

It’s a good thing someone with so little pride in their community left it. Queens must have scared you, that’s why you had to move to a town that’s 70% white. Wonder why they call it Whitestone…

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George kelly

David Wolberg and Marc Torres…Bravo…you both said it best..I tried myself but Sunnyside Post will not publish my So Called Independent,right wing ,albeit open minded opine..thanks
.you guys hit it out of the park…Great thoughts
.now watch them pile up on you both…just watch..
THESE LEFT WINGERS CALL US RASCIST,CLISE MINDED,BUT THEY THEMSELVES CENSOR,SHUT US UP..ALL THE WHILE,ALL WE DO IS TRY AND COMMUNICATE WITH FACTS,NOT ANGER..

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MUH CONSPIRACY

>I tried myself but Sunnyside Post will not publish my So Called Independent,right wing ,albeit open minded opine

Except they did…

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David Wolberg

I am fortunate to now live in the Bronx. God help Queens if Tiffany Caban is confirmed as the winner of the Queens District Attorney race. She supports criminals instead of law abiding, taxpaying citizens of Queens. This is the philosophy of most left wing Democrats, which sees criminals as victims.
I keep hearing from most of my friends how bad Donald Trump is as President. I personally do not like Donald Trump, but I am probably going to vote for him again next year. I would rather him or any Republican over a Democratic Socialist with a similar platform to Tiffany Caban.

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Marc torres

To better understand the AOC and The CABÁN movements, just read the text from a book called The Pentagons New Map. It reads the following.
The ultimate goal is the forcible- coordinations off all countries in the world: that shall be achieved by mixing the races with the goal to create a light brown race in Europe and the US. For that reason 1.5 million immigrants from the 3rd world shall migrate to Europe and the US Every year. The result would be a population with an avg IQ of 90 that is so dumb to grasp anything but intelligent enough to work. The European countries would NEVER AGAIN BE COMPETITORS in the struggle for global domination and a multiple millennia of old culture would be destroyed. Irrational people who will fight against this Mingling of races: and put up any resistance against the global world order, should be killed.
Thomas PM Barnett. Director of the Israeli military consultancy Wikistrat. In his book The Pentagons New Map. 2004
The key being Low IQ to grasp anything. Theres your so called AOC CABÁN MOVEMENT.

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Yes, clearly

and it’s racist hogwash.

> The key being Low IQ to grasp anything.

Imagine being gullible enough to believe this

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Johnny Walters

I love the not so subtle Racism! Well when the old White Guys were in charge us regular folk were safe. When they say regular they mean White. The neighborhood has changed for the better. I remember when I first moved here in 2000 it was a dying neighborhood now it’s alive with young people of all colors and open to all. The Old Guard is dying out! Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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Gerry

Sunnyside was not dying in 2000 it was vibrant and people from all over the world were here i.e. REAL people.

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Dolan

Getting rid of corrupt Joe Crowley was the best thing that happened to Queens – and Katz is his puppet / good riddance to the old guard who used their office to enrich themselves and their cronies.

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Gardens Watcher

This is Queens, Johnny. Always had “young people of all colors.” Has always been open to all. The neighborhood was not dying then or now, but stores, bars and restaurants come and go. People move in and out too. Big deal.

I’d never refer to my neighbors as “bad rubbish.”

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anon

The old white guys, and the old black guys made this country, say thank you and move along.

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BR

The great renaissance of NYC is now coming to an end
Progressives= Pro-crime.
Here comes the 70s all over again.
How ignorant you progessives are.
You have no clue what you are starting.
Shame on the Queens Democratic for letting this happen.
That means you- Crowley, Katz and all.

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Is there any reason to believe that?

Do you have any more specific criticism than calling people “ignorant” or is that about all you can muster?

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Dora, Woodside

Crowley was the most corrupt – lived in Virginia and neglected Queens / he took care to enrich himself, family and cronies – he left a huge corrupt hole for progressives to fill – his and his family’s greed led to these victories.

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Joe at the Berkley

No Latino- Based on data from the 2010 United States Census, the population of Sunnyside was 63,271, a change of 1,324 (2.1%) from the 61,947 counted in 2000. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 35.4% (22,424) White, 2.5% (1,588) African American, 0.2% (109) Native American, 24.3% (15,390) Asian, 0% (29) Pacific Islander, 0.6% (395) from other races, and 2.1% (1,342) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.8% (21,994) of the population. The neighborhood is less Latino now then it was 9 years ago that is obvious just by walking around. Also the vote was borough wide.

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Anonymous

They are not illegal human beings, they are illegally in this country. Childish heartfelt fluff not withstanding.

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Carbie Barbie

Hi. I want to give you the benefit of the doubt here. The “childish heartfelt fluff” quotation is from Nobel Prize winner and holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel.

These are human beings we’re talking about. Using the term “illegals” is a deliberate dehumanization.

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Joe at the Berkley

Anonymous- And they don’t vote either…which illegals are you posting about? Irish? Chinese? Spanish?

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Know much about your city??

It’s not about the racial makeup of the areas but who is not only eligible or allowed to vote but also voting democratic!

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J Lynch

I truly believe that Lasak was the most qualified. What are voters thinking???

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Optics

That generations of families have been destroyed by the nonsensical war on drugs?

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Anonymous

The skells belong in jail, nice people don’t import and deal drugs. All drug dealing is violent crime.

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Carbie Barbie

I guess we should lock up the bar owners and sellers of alcohol, then, since it’s a drug that is responsible for so much damage. It worked so well before, after all.

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Ref

Thank god, maybe the rent will go down with all the crime everyone here is worried about

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Real

The limousine liberals in the Gardens who voted for Caban are so clueless. They have no idea what the city used to be like and how quickly it will return to those bad days. It’s already started happening.

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Joe at the Berkley

Real- I don’t think “the limousine liberals” in the garden voted for Caban, at lest none of my neighbors. Just look at the the numbers above Lasak 14.4% and Katz 38.3%, even though I voted for Lasak he appears to be the spoiler in the race. When the precinct numbers are in we’ll probably see the Latin precincts voted heavily for Caban. The old guard at the Democratic Machine can still save the party if they stop the splintering.

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I'm mad...b/c I don't know why...I just am...

“old guard”…I see what you did there. Is this Joe Crowley? LOL.

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Gardens Watcher

The Democratic party is splintered both locally and nationally. I don’t think any one person or “old guard” can stop that. Unless the Democratic Socialists form their own party and run their own candidates.

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You hate billionaires that ride in limousines right?

You’d never support elitists, except for our celebrity billionaire playboy tv host president living in a golden tower, right?

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No latino, no hope

How can anyone think they can win against latin vote in sunnyside???

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Joe at the Berkley

No Latino- Based on data from the 2010 United States Census, the population of Sunnyside was 63,271, a change of 1,324 (2.1%) from the 61,947 counted in 2000. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 35.4% (22,424) White, 2.5% (1,588) African American, 0.2% (109) Native American, 24.3% (15,390) Asian, 0% (29) Pacific Islander, 0.6% (395) from other races, and 2.1% (1,342) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.8% (21,994) of the population. The neighborhood is less Latino now then it was 9 years ago that is obvious just by walking around. Also the vote was borough wide.

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AOC for president 2024

One positive thing about trump is that he made Latinos united. Latinos refuse to get blame for every wrong thing going on USA. Latinos saw how African American got treated by US government. Latinos will not be the next target.

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In the bag for Caban

Don’t really see a path forward for Katz. She’d need to beat Caban by 31% of those 3500 outstanding votes. Numbers boroughwide were not pointing in that direction.

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Gardens Watcher

NYT says there’s more than 6,300 paper ballots to count per the Board of Elections.

Count ALL the votes y’all.

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It’s over

You realize that the number of outstanding votes doesn’t increase the percentage chance of Katz overturning this, right?

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Martin R.

Yeah Crowley appointed all the workers at Queens Board of Elections and his bullies overlook the place, Bolz and Reich et al, so they could steal the election. Crowley has nothing left, and he wants to hold on to whatever power he can, and he wants Katz. If Katz does win, they should examine results carefully!

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Anonymous

she as of yet did not win – please – Mr. JVB is unbelievable in his lies.

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Marc torres

This is Hilarious.
The inferior one beats the Chosen one.
It’s gonna be Mayor Dinkins 2.0 in queens.
lol. It’s gonna be the new Bronx.
Those poor cops who are gonna have their hands tied more than they already do. It’s gonna be Gotham City before Batman. The criminals are now gonna get a pat on the back and get told they did good. lol and the poor victims of these crimes and their families, I feel bad for them. This is just hilarious.
I can’t stop laughing. Can you imagine what criminal defense attorneys are thinking right now, especially the ones that defend the organized crime families in Queens? They must be laughing so hard as well.
ROTFLMAO

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Oh, Lily

Enjoy higher crime. If you had ever been the victim of a serious felony you would not be laughing like a hyena. Some of us remember the bad old days because we were crime victims. #youareacynic

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Marc torres

She’s in over her head.
She’ll going up against real defense attorneys with years and years of experience who know the system. She won only because the avg person didn’t even know there was an election for queens DA. Meaning low voter turnout. More than likely, the state and the feds will Be mopping up her errors.

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Anon

General election, vote republican. No matter who they put up, anybody but this idiot.

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Why does she need more experience than the president?

Trump went up against politicians “with years and years of experience who know the system” and won; he doesn’t have a single day of experience. What’s wrong with that?

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Mac

No, less then 10% of Queens county registered Democrats have spoken. Far from the majority of Democrats in the Borough and even far less than the entire voting electorate of Queens County.

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Why Are You So Scared?

Exaggerate much? He’s scared and is going to hide in his panic room until there’s a new DA…LOL! Word is, there was a 0.9 earthquake in LIC due to this guy’s head exploding…LMAO.

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Marc torres

I ain’t scared. Just stating facts. I know what sunnyside
Was like when dinkins was mayor, and also know what it was like when Giuliani and brown were around. Big difference.

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John

1.3 points is rocking the establishment? I remember when the news was more news than rhetoric.

Congrats to the new DA.

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Carbie Barbie

I see what you mean–eeking out a 1% victory in an election that would always favor an organized turnout is not a huge margin, but you don’t agree that the establishment democrats will be rattled and surprised by this?

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John

After Joe Crowley got humiliated they took notice, they just don’t care: Pelosi’s recent comments about a glass of water with a D beside it winning in queens show the contempt/apathy the party has to folks in queens.

All that aside Caban is a good candidate – not a novice or a celebrity: she’s seems to have skillset for the job.With a useless mayor the city needs some strong leadership.

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She has to be a girl next door

Well, yeah. She can’t use appropriate, professional language, can she?

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