Brooklyn Surrogate's Court 2005

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Citizens Union Issues "Preference" for Lopez Torres for Surrogate

Daily News August 24, 2005
Key watchdogs OK Hynes, Lopez Torres
By Hugh Son

An influential watchdog group is backing Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes for reelection .... said Dick Dadey, executive director of the Citizens Union, a New York City political reform group founded in 1897.
The Citizens Union also backed Judge Margarita López Torres in her campaign to take the seat of disgraced Surrogate Court Judge Michael Feinberg, calling her the "clear reform candidate."
"Our choice is rooted in the need to sever the way in which the Surrogate Court is used as an ATM for the corrupt Brooklyn Democratic Party machine headed by Norman," Dadey said.
Lopez Torres' opponents, Justices Diana Johnson and Lawrence Knipel, both have links to Norman, Dadey said - and that could perpetuate the system of doling out legal patronage that Feinberg was fired for.
Norman couldn't be reached for comment, a spokesman said.
The Citizens Union nod is a valuable endorsement, said Baruch College public affairs professor Doug Muzzio.
"It's the original good government group in New York," Muzzio said. "Their endorsement carries weight with opinion makers who then might influence voters."


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