Tali Farhadian Weinstein

Democratic Candidate for Manhattan DA

She considers herself a progressive prosecutor and would pursue sentencing reform, including legislation to allow prisoners to challenge long sentences, and a broader review of wrongful convictions.

“I’ll say about buy and busts, it is a public health crisis. We’re not trying to go after people who have chemical dependencies, but I can tell you having been a prosecutor of drug conspiracies, that really created a lot of violence, when I was working for Loretta Lynch sometimes you have to start with the small cases in order to be able to build the big cases” (Gotham Gazette)

“Incarceration — harmful to communities, families, and the individuals behind bars — will be a last resort in my office.” (Twitter)

“I will commit to bail reform to reduce the number of people detained before trial, significantly reduce the use of incarceration in response to low-level crime, and consider collateral consequences in all charging & sentencing decisions.” (Twitter)

“It’s also about educating, understanding why people are developing the prejudices that lead them to commit these acts of hate and trying to rehabilitate them so we don’t get stuck in a cycle.” (Jewish Press)

Qualifications/ Experience

Prosecutorial Experience

  • General Counsel for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office
  • Former Federal Prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice, investigating and prosecuting cases ranging from gun violence and murders to public corruption, tax and other frauds, and national security matters.
  • The only candidate to have both federal and state prosecution experience.

Managerial Experience

  • As an executive in the office of Brooklyn District Attorney, Farhadian Weinstein was charged with implementing the office’s criminal justice reform agenda. She also managed multiple bureaus of the office, directed complex litigations, and led the design and creation of the nation’s first Post-Conviction Justice Bureau, a unit dedicated to reviewing and correcting some of the excesses and mistakes of the past.
  • As Counsel to former Attorney General Eric Holder, she provided guidance to the legion of hundreds of thousands of federal prosecutors.
  • As General Counsel to Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez, she oversaw every bureau of the office and over 1200 employees.

Top Priorities as DA

  • Addressing Gun Violence: Among other efforts, Farhadian Weinstein has committed to appointing a Gun Violence Coordinator on her Executive Leadership Team, to work across divisions and bureaus directing and monitoring firearms-related investigation, prosecutions, and initiatives. (Source: taliforda.com)
  • Gender-Based Crimes including Domestic Violence & Sex Crimes: “I’d like to put the most resources, to say that we are going to have expertise in investigation and prosecution and the commitment and the moral courage to bring these cases.” (Source: InformNYC Candidate Forum). “Domestic violence was a pandemic before anyone ever heard of COVID. Now, we have to lean in even harder. Economic and emotional distress exacerbates it.” (Source: Forward. com)
  • Hate Crimes: “It’s important to say why a hate crime is different and more serious than an assault that doesn’t have an overlay of hate over it. And I think the reason is that when a hate crime happens, not only is the person who experiences, let’s say the assault victimized, but it has the effect of terrorizing or inhibiting or changing the behavior or the sense of freedom of an entire community.” (Source: InformNYC Candidate Forum)
Candidate's Standing On The Issues

Prosecution of Crime

  • Farhadian Weinstein wants to “reduce significantly the use of convictions in response to low-level non-violent offenses,” including misdemeanor marijuana possession and prostitution, although she would continue to prosecute the people who use the services of prostitutes. (Source: taliforda.com and InformNYC Candidate Forum)
  • Farhadian Weinstein has discussed the importance of discretion when considering the prosecution of cases. “It’s very easy and simplistic to insist on bright-line rules,” she said. “The hard work of prosecutorial discretion is having policies but also allowing for discretion to do justice in individual cases.” (Source: The New York Times)
  • Farhadian Weinstein has also been direct in describing her approach to prosecution. “You can’t just identify the problem,” she said. “You also then have to have a positive agenda about what the solution is.” (Source: The New York Times)
  • “The district attorney must lighten the heavy hand of the criminal justice system by foregoing prosecutions that send people into the system unnecessarily and unfairly, and that perpetuate racial injustice.” (Source: taliforda.com)

Public Safety

  • “The district attorney is the chief law enforcement officer of our borough. I think the district attorney’s job is simple, maybe not simple to deliver, but simple to understand, which is to make sure that all of us feel safe and secure, whether that’s in our home, in the street at work when reporting crime, when meeting the police.” (Source: InformNYC Candidate Forum)
  • Farhadian Weinstein believes the district attorney’s office is key to the recovery of the city by ensuring that small business owners are protected. “It’s not okay for someone to come in your store and take what they want and walk out, and it’s shocking to me that I should even have to say that, but I stand up for that basic principle.”
  • “What is being described as a progressive prosecutor now is what we thought of a decade ago as just being a good prosecutor and being an ethical prosecutor, which is to say a good prosecutor. You use the resources, you have to maximize public safety to bring cases that really matter, that really are on the side of the most vulnerable and an ethical prosecutor to make sure that you are abiding by the rules of fair play in everything that you do.” (Source: InformNYC Candidate Forum)
  • “I’m hearing, anecdotally, people telling their boys to wear baseball caps to hide their kippahs,” she said. “We can’t be complacent about that. This is very much within the DA’s job to prosecute and educate.” (Source: Forward. com)
  • “Pursuing cases that don’t advance public safety and that might actually perpetuate injustice instead, like racial disparities or criminalized poverty, those are things that we should stand down from.” (Source: The Times of Israel)
  • In response to the recent reform on cash bail, Farahadian Weinstein states that she would have vastly preferred to move towards something like the federal system where “you don’t use cash bail because a person’s freedom should not be connected to how much money they have, but if someone is a risk to public safety, you can’t buy your way out of that.” (Source: InformNYC Candidate Forum)

On Guns

  • “Shootings doubled last year. That is totally unacceptable. And that includes months in which nobody left the house and yet shootings doubled last year.” Farhadian Weinstein’s proposal “involves working with our federal partners to stem the flow of the guns that make their way into our blue state and our blue city…to move more quickly, because we know that the best measure of deterrence is how quickly, how swiftly you resolve certain cases.” (Source: InformNYC Candidate Forum)

On Recidivism

  • “We can use the structures of the system we have (i.e. diversion programs), and that we supervise to try to get people into prosocial responses so that we aren’t seeing the cycles of people committing the same crimes over and over again.” (Source: InformNYC Candidate Forum)
  • She is the only candidate for DA who will continue the practice of asset forfeiture collection and will use these funds to invest in organizations that prevent recidivism by providing housing, mental health treatment, drug treatment and more.
  • She will build on her work overseeing reentry as a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District to partner with organizations who can provide key services that have statistically reduced recidivism.

On the role of NYPD

  • “I do think it’s great that we are engaged in the conversation about what we want from law enforcement and how we think the police should be doing what I just described about progressive prosecution to make sure that everything that happens is to further public safety and nothing else.” (Source: The Times of Israel)
  • As supervisor of the law enforcement accountability Bureau in Brooklyn, “one of the things that we put an emphasis on in our prosecution agenda or police officers who lied under oath, who made false statements, who said they saw something that they didn’t see or who tampered with evidence and that’s wrong when anybody does it. And it’s particularly degrading to trust in the criminal justice system where police officers do it. And I absolutely stand by what we did in Brooklyn. And we say here that no matter who you are and what uniform you wear, you must be held to account when you commit those criminal acts.” (Source: InformNYC Candidate Forum and The Times of Israel)

Mental Illness & Crime

  • Farhadian Weinstein believes that services and rehabilitation are required for those suffering from a mental illness. She points to more accessible diversion programs for misdemeanors (like those offered in Brooklyn), which are often the offenses that are being committed by the mentally ill. In Manhattan such programs are only available for felonies. (Source: InformNYC Candidate Forum)
  • She will expand Manhattan Mental Health Court to get treatment for those who need it and ensure a smarter and stronger approach to crime – one that is preemptive, not just reactive.
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