It's arguably the most high-profile prosecutor job in the country -- and it's becoming vacant for the first time in 34 years.
Three candidates face off Tuesday in a Democratic primary that will effectively determine who replaces Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. He leads an office known for prosecuting corporate titans and celebrities and serving as a model for television's "Law & Order."
The 90-year-old Morgenthau has held the office since 1975.
His potential successors include noted gun control advocate Richard Aborn, hard-nosed former judge Leslie Crocker Snyder and defense lawyer Cy Vance, the son of a former secretary of state.
All three once worked for Morgenthau -- more than 20 years ago.