Feds looking into Hynes' “slush fund” payments — one of the two names named is long-time Golden supporter and insider Larry Morrish
The nypost.com headline for the on-line edition is equally damning “Hynes probe looks at payments to cronies”
How long before this pattern of links and relations to Hynes will make Golden a subject of Federal scrutiny ?
“Among the issues being looked at is whether Hynes’ opening of the 32 outreach centers was only a political p.r. effort. The centers were closed this year. *** Morrish said he worked in Bay Ridge and did “outreach to present the services of the DA’s office to the community.” He wouldn’t disclose his salary. Records show he wasn’t on the city payroll....” ( See “Hynes probe looks at payments to cronies” by Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein, 6/22/14 [http://nypost.com/2014/06/22/hynes-probe-looks-at-payments-to-cronies/]).
If Golden’s name isn’t mentioned anywhere in the NY Post article, how does any of this threaten Golden, Golden’s supporters and/or Golden’s 2014 campaign ? It’s the common connections between Golden and members of his state senate staff, and other Golden supporters to Hynes to the Hynes general election campaign of 2013 that very well could lead the Republican-Conservative State Senator from Bay Ridge to be a target in the joint Federal-NY State probe of political corruption by current office-holders.
Don’t forget State Senator Martin Golden was the driving force behind DA Joe Hynes’ pursuing a full-fledged general election campaign on the Republican and Conservative Party lines in 2013. In that quest, there was a mad scramble for personnel and resources; and there could easily have been some “spillage” between the various efforts on behalf of the incumbent DA. Both Golden staffers and Golden’s community activist supporters, like Larry Morrish, were the backbone of the Hynes fall efforts in Bay Ridge and other nearby neighborhoods in southwest Brooklyn. If Hynes’ “slush fund” money found its way into the campaign(s) that they were running, then the Feds will really want to know chapter and verse the “Who?” and “Who knew?” behind the “What?” “When?” “Where?” “How?” and “How much?” of the whole deal. One can’t see how that would not include Golden and/or his key operatives.
First things first, the Feds need to look into the details of the Hynes relationship with the “Bay Ridge Cabal” as it existed up to and including the 2013 election cycle. A good place to start would be the very close working relationship between Hynes and Golden (which has been well-recited on the record in court papers by none other than Hynes’ himself when he was DA) — and other personal connections between the two men, up to and including 2013. Another item of scrutiny is the relationships that Larry Morrish had with both Golden and Hynes up to and including 2013 — and how that led to Morrish being paid for his services in 2013 and before. Some of the Larry Morrish connections to State Senator Golden already hit the press in the past — the aborted “Charm School” proposal at the Bay Ridge Manor comes to mind immediately.