Gregory Lasak

Judge Gregory Lasak is a lifelong Queens resident. Last fall, he resigned as a Queens County Supreme Court Judge to enter the DA’s race. Of all the candidates in this race, Lasak has the most experience in the Queens legal system; before becoming a judge, Lasak was a career prosecutor in the Queens DA’s Office, heading the Homicide Bureau at the age of 30. Lasak supports continuing the Queens waiver policy and prosecuting low-level offenses. Lasak does not support establishing an ethics review unit within the DA’s office, which is particularly alarming given the fact that his son, Gregory Lasak, Jr. is a Queens ADA and there are numerous other familial connections between the Queens DA’s office and the Queens judiciary.

In making the case for himself as a “reformer,” Lasak touts his work in the Queens DA’s office to identify and overturn wrongful convictions. However, since 2010, Judge Lasak has had more than a dozen decisions reversed by higher courts. Recently, an appeals court overturned a case where Judge Lasak allowed a prosecutor, whose father is a Queens judge, to use racial bias in the courtroom. Out of all the candidates in this election, Lasak’s policies as a DA would closely mirror those of current district attorney, Richard Brown.

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Ending Broken Windows
D

Will continue to prosecute the majority of broken window offenses. Will decline to prosecute some petty crimes, such as marijuana possession and offer diversion as an alternative to incarceration.

Ending Cash Bail
D

Has only committed to ending cash bail on low-level, non-violent misdemeanors.

Community Accountability
C

Pledges to release office data, hire a diverse office, hold implicit bias trainings, and hold regular meetings. Will not bar ADAs whose relatives are Queens judges from working in the Queens office, but will publish disclosure forms. His son is an ADA in Queens.

Access to Evidence
F

Supports the Queens Waiver Policy. Commits to providing limited discovery to defendants in misdemeanors only.

Police and DA Misconduct
D

Will establish a wrongful conviction unit, but will not establish ethics review unit.

Protecting Immigrants
D

Supports keeping ICE out of court, but will only support immigrant-friendly pleas for low-level, non-violent offenses.

Mental Health and Drug Treatment
C

Has vaguely indicated that he supports treatment as an alternative to incarceration, but has provided no details.

Ending Mass Incarceration
F

Wants to renovate Rikers facilities, but not close it; will work with people on parole or probation supervision to avoid needless incarceration on a case-by-case basis.

Past Record on Progressive Values
F

Former prosecutor who worked in the Queens DA’s office from 1978 to 2003 where he supervised the investigation of approximately 2,500 murders. Helped exonerate almost two dozen people while in the Queens DA office. Since becoming a judge, Lasak’s rulings have been overturned by higher courts more than a dozen times.



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