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Leslie Crocker Snyder Reaches Out to Morgenthau

By DNAinfo Staff on September 3, 2009 11:33am  | Updated on September 3, 2009 7:58am

Robert Morgenthau has been Manhattan's District Attorney since 1975.
Robert Morgenthau has been Manhattan's District Attorney since 1975.
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By Shayna Jacobs

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Manhattan district attorney candidate Leslie Crocker Snyder's attempts to thaw her icy relationship with outgoing D.A. Robert Morgenthau have been rebuffed, the New York Times reports.

It appears Snyder, who ran a bitter battle against Morgenthau four years ago, wrote him a note in May, saying she was sorry that their relationship had deteriorated.

"I regret that any relationship between us has descended to such a poor level,” Snyder wrote. “I want to assure you that I hold you and the work you have done in high esteem and I always will.”

But after Snyder criticized Morgenthau for his handling of the Eliot Spitzer and Plaxico Burress cases in the district attorney candidates' debate Tuesday night, Morgenthau released a less than flattering statement to the Times.

“One day she tries to be nice, and the next day she’ll put a spear through your heart,” Morgenthau spokesman George Arzt said. “Who’s the real person?”

Snyder's camp hit back, releasing this statement:

“It is sad that a private and personal note has become a political tool for a candidate running to succeed Mr. Morgenthau. Judge Snyder has great respect for Mr. Morgenthau, but he is not running and in the race to succeed him there is a clear choice between someone who spent 35 years protecting New Yorkers and someone who spent 17 years in Seattle making millions defending mobsters and murderers.”

That swipe was directed at Cy Vance Jr., the candidate Morgenthau has endorsed in the race. Snyder has argued that Morgenthau is keeping up an old boys network by endorsing Vance for the job.