Marc has decades of experience to bring to the office of Brooklyn District Attorney. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication from The American University in 1984 and his Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School in 1987. After law school, Marc began working for District Attorney Elizabeth Holtzman as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. In 2014, District Attorney Kenneth Thompson appointed Marc as Chief of the newly-created Civil Rights Bureau in charge of oversight of all investigations and prosecutions for hate crimes and police misconduct matters. During this time, Marc developed a track record defending the vulnerable and prosecuting police officers. He tried and convicted Mashawn Sonds for the brutal hate-crime beating of a transgender woman in Bushwick, tried and convicted Police Officer Joel Edouard for stomping on the head of a restrained civilian in Bedford Stuyvesant, and tried and convicted Police Officer Peter Liang for the shooting death of unarmed civilian Akai Gurley in the Pink Houses Development of East New York.
Marc lives in Bay Ridge with his father, his husband, Steve, and Jasper, his rescue pup. They have two children: Dylan, a film-maker in Brooklyn, and Julianna, a high school senior.
As District attorney, he will prioritize the following:
The need for a Hate Crimes Bureau
Project Safe HERE: Mark developed this project to ensure the safety of those nervous to seek police help. Often, the most vulnerable people, seriously question whether they should call the police when they are in trouble. These are victims of hate crimes, human trafficking, and other crimes who are afraid that if the NYPD shows up, they might be deported or otherwise harm their immigration status.
Anyone will be able to contact Marc’s office 24/7 through the Project Safe HERE hotline in order to report a crime. There will be no public police response to their residence, and no NYPD paperwork to fill out.
Only hand selected and specially trained investigators, counselors, and ADAs will handle these reports. The team will be versed in the cultural and legal concerns faced by those who fear deportation and separation from their loved ones.
The team will collect only the personal information absolutely necessary to investigate and prosecute the crimes committed.
If other agencies seek access to personal information in order compromise the status, safety, or well-being of any individual, the DA’s office will fight doggedly in court to prevent the release of this information.