Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez picks up first law-enforcement union endorsement

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

The Brooklyn District Attorney picked up his first law-enforcement union endorsement Thursday.

The city’s Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association said it will back the Acting DA in the primary and general election.

That’s good news for Eric Gonzalez, 48, who has to beat several Democrats to hold on to the seat.

Gonzalez, 48, was appointed Acting DA for King’s County after his boss, Ken Thompson, died Oct. 9 at age 50 after a brief battle with colorectal cancer.

COBA president Elias Husamudeen said his union was the first uniformed labor organizations to endorse Thompson’s historic run three years ago.

“Now more than ever, it is imperative that Ken's commitment to justice and public safety lives on,” said Husamudeen.

“We have tremendous confidence in Eric Gonzales' ability to ensure that happens. He will be a District Attorney that makes Brooklyn safer while also respecting and supporting the vital roles of the entire law enforcement community. We are proud to endorse him for Brooklyn District Attorney,” the COBA president said.

A Brooklyn native, Gonzalez was hand-picked by Thompson to be his successor.

Gonzalez has followed in Thompson’s footsteps — offering strong advocacy for minority communities and pushing an internal review of past criminal convictions that has exonerated 22 people wrongfully sent to prison.

The board is reviewing at least 100 more cases.

Four Democrats have already signaled they will primary Gonzalez, who has never run for office before.

Ama Dwimoh, a former assistant district attorney; term-limited Councilman Vincent Gentile; former head of the city human rights commission Patricia Gatling; and Marc Fliedner, another former prosecutor.