Good news: New York’s longest-serving — and least effective — district attorney may finally be leaving his job after more than a quarter-century.
Bad news: He’s to be replaced in a squalid deal that lets the political bosses hand-pick his successor with next-to-no voter involvement.
As The Post’s Richard Johnson reported Tuesday, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has put together a scheme to place Bronx DA Robert Johnson on the state Supreme Court bench and replace him with a political loyalist — Darcel Clark, now an Appellate Division judge.
Rumors of Heastie’s plan go back more than two years — but it’s a hot issue now because Johnson’s up for re-election this year.
The scheme reportedly has Johnson resigning next month, after his name is already on the primary ballot for re-election.
That would let the Bronx Democratic Committee — which Heastie headed until he became speaker — put Clark on the ballot instead. That’s too late for any other would-be candidate to make the ballot, and so gives Clark a near-lock on victory.
This goes beyond a cynical back-room assault on democracy.