Vance Declared Winner in DA Primary

Cy Vance

Cy Vance

Defense lawyer and political scion Cy Vance has won the Democratic primary for the Manhattan district attorney's job, one of the nation's most coveted prosecutor's spots.

The primary is expected to decide the race to replace retiring 35-year incumbent Robert Morgenthau, as there is no Republican candidate. Unsuccessful Democratic contender Richard Aborn has secured the Working Families Party line but has said he'll support the Democratic pick.

With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Vance had 44 percent of the vote. Former judge Leslie Crocker Snyder had 30 percent. Aborn, a gun control advocate, had 26 percent.

Vance is the son of former Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance. He was endorsed by Morgenthau and the city's three major newspapers.