DA Thompson Delivers First Major Address to Business Community at Brooklyn Chamber’s Newsmakers Event

October 3, 2014

On October 1st, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce hosted the third edition of its popular Newsmakers series, headlined by Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson. This was the District Attorney’s first major address to the borough’s business community since taking office in January.
During the event, DA Thompson discussed many of his priorities and accomplishments thus far, including creating a new Hate Crimes Unit, revamping the borough’s Civil Rights Bureau, and protecting businesses through the Frauds Bureau, Cybercrimes Unit and Labor Fraud Unit.
“I’d like to thank Chamber President and CEO Carlo Scissura for inviting me to speak at the Newsmakers event. I was delighted to meet with Brooklyn’s business community and share with them my vision as the borough’s chief law enforcement officer. A thriving business community is essential to all of our success and I, and my staff, are committed to fighting crimes that affect businesses,” said DA Thompson.
“I cannot think of a better keynote speaker for the third edition of our Newsmakers series than Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson,” said Brooklyn Chamber President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “DA Thompson truly connected with the business owners, and he made it clear that he supported them, and was in office to fight for and protect them. I want to thank DA Thompson for being our keynote speaker, and for everything he does to keep Brooklyn safe. Brooklynites are lucky to have him!”
Congress Member Jerrold Nadler also attended the event, along with nearly 200 judges, attorneys and business owners from across Brooklyn and all of New York City.
“Our members and the business community were eager to meet and connect with our District Attorney.  DA Ken Thompson has tackled his position with zest and has implemented much needed changes, making the position accessible and more in touch with Brooklyn and its diversity,” said Chamber Board Chair Denise Arbesu. “Thompson’s accomplishments speak for themselves.  I want to thank DA Thompson for attending and for all his efforts to protect the people of Brooklyn.”
The event, which was sponsored by Investors Bank, was in partnership with NYU and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
“We, at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, are excited to be a part of the Brooklyn Newsmakers series, but it is especially satisfying to serve as a host to an NYU alum, such as Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson,” said Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan. “We look forward to partnering with his office and offering our cyber-security and data science expertise to help create safer and more livable communities in Brooklyn and beyond.”
“He’s been on the job less than a year, but as Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson highlighted at his Brooklyn Newsmakers speech this morning, he has already tackled some impressive efforts to help Brooklynites – prosecuting business fraud, strengthening community relations, and reducing domestic violence, just to name a few,” said Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Tucker Reed. “We look forward to working with him and his staff going forward to help ensure Brooklyn remains the best place to live and work.”
“Investors Bank was proud to sponsor the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Newsmakers event,” said Ana Oliveira, Regional Manager for Investors Bank. “District Attorney Thompson’s address was very informative and I am excited to see the progress he makes in Brooklyn.”
The two previous Newsmakers’ keynote speakers were City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and New York State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli.