By David Brand
Queens Criminal Court Justice Gregory Lasak will step down from his position effective Sept. 14, according to multiple sources familiar with the decision.
The decision to leave the Supreme Court bench enables Lasak to begin fundraising ahead of a potential candidacy for Queens County District Attorney in 2019.
District Attorney Richard A. Brown, 85, has held the office since 1991 and is reportedly considering retirement when his current term ends.
Lasak, a former prosecutor in the Queens D.A.’s office, was elected Criminal Court justice in 2003 and began his first term in 2004. He was reelected in 2017.
Lasak joined the Queens D.A.’s office in 1978 and was named chief of the homicide bureau in 1984 when he was 30, according to a 2003 profile in Newsday.
He earned his law degree from New York University in 1978.
Council Member Rory Lancman is also reportedly considering declaring his candidacy for D.A. and has raised nearly $800,000 for an undisclosed campaign.