|Charles J. Hynes - in the moment of defeat|
For Hynes, History of Making Brooklyn Safer Wasn't Enough - NY Times
Charles J. Hynes, the district attorney who was Brooklyn’s most powerful political figure and top law enforcement officer for more than 23 years, liked to say he would probably die in office. As he instituted programs that changed New York City’s criminal justice system and became a heavyweight in the borough’s insular political world, there seemed to be no part of Brooklyn he had not touched and few members of the bar who had not worked with or against him.
But on Tuesday night, he accepted a stunning defeat as voters swept a much younger man into his place, and became the first district attorney in the city to lose a re-election bid since 1955.