Longtime Brooklyn DA Unseated in Dem. Primary

NEW YORK (AP) -

Kenneth Thompson won the Democratic nomination for Brooklyn district attorney Tuesday, unseating longtime prosecutor Charles Hynes.

Hynes has the support of the GOP but says he won’t run as a Republican. There are no other major party candidates in the general election.

Thompson takes over one of the nation’s largest district attorney’s offices — it sees more than 1,500 new cases a week and handles more than 80,000 per year.

Charles “Joe” Hynes, 78, held the job more than 20 years — a ubiquitous figure with a tough-on-crime persona won him diverse fans — and critics — throughout the borough.