Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the hand-picked successor to legendary prosecutor Robert Morgenthau, won the Democratic primary for Manhattan district attorney yesterday, says the New York Times. The vote virtually ensures that he will become the fourth person to run the office since 1941. “This victory is not mine, this victory is yours,” Vance told Morgenthau, 90, at a victory party. Morgenthau has been district attorney since 1975 and became deeply invested in Vance's campaign.
Vance's campaign started out slowly against Leslie Crocker Snyder, a former judge who lost a bid for the job four years ago, and Richard Aborn, a gun-control advocate who secured several labor endorsements. Vance emerged as the establishment candidate with Morgenthau’s backing. Vance, 55, inherits a $75 million budget and an office of 500 lawyers. Unoffficial results showed Vance with 44 percent of the vote, Snyder with 30 percent and Aborn with 26 percent.