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Richard Ravitch endorses Liz Crotty for Manhattan D.A.

Former Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, who formerly headed both the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the New York State Urban Development Corporation, on Tuesday endorsed Liz Crotty for Manhattan district attorney.

Ravitch called Crotty “a dedicated public servant and skilled lawyer” who would balance effective law enforcement with equal justice as the borough’s top law enforcement official.

“I have known Liz Crotty for many years and she is a dedicated public servant, a skilled lawyer and looks at the job of Manhattan district attorney with an appropriate balance between law enforcement and protecting constitutional rights,” Ravitch said. “She is very supportive of the police and will work to further the safety of all Manhattan residents. She has my endorsement.”

Ravitch has been the go-to leader for some of the toughest challenges facing the city and state. In addition to heading the M.T.A. and the Urban Development Corporation, he has served as chairperson of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust board of trustees and its advisory board. He has also served as chairperson of the Bowery Savings Bank and the chief labor negotiator for Major League Baseball.

Crotty, who has served both as an assistant district attorney and as a defense attorney during a decades-long legal career, was honored to receive Ravitch’s endorsement.

“I am honored that Richard Ravitch, one of our city’s most distinguished public servants, recognizes my commitment to a balanced and effective approach to restoring public safety on the streets and in the subways, and equal justice in the courtrooms of New York.” Crotty said. “Public safety is a team effort involving communities, police, the courts and more. I have valued his guidance and I look forward to seeking his wisdom as Manhattan district attorney. “

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