Eric Gonzalez was picked by Thompson to serve as acting DA after Thompson announced he would be taking time off for cancer treatment. Cuomo had the opportunity to appoint an interim leader following Thompson’s death.
“Today I am announcing that no appointment will be made to fill the rest of District Attorney Thompson's term,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“Until the next election, the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office will continue to be led by Chief Assistant District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, who District Attorney Thompson named earlier to continue his office’s work in his absence. Keeping the first deputy in place when there is mid-term vacancy by a District Attorney is consistent with past practice under this administration.”
Gonzalez said he was "deeply honored" by Cuomo's decision.
"I am fully committed to the important initiatives that we have put in place and will work every day to keep the people of Brooklyn safe," he said in a statement. "I thank Governor Cuomo for having the faith in me to carry on the important work of this Office.”
Thompson, 50, was remembered for his commitment to criminal justice reform during his funeral in East New York on Saturday.
The DA passed away on Oct. 9 after being diagnosed with cancer six months before.
He is survived by his wife and two children.