Tuesday, March 27, 2018

FORMER BROOKLYN DA HYNES --- TAKES A DEAL FROM THE NYC CONFLICTS BOARD FOR A LARGE FINE


ONCE THE REPUBLICAN AND CONSERVATIVE PARTY ENDORSEE FOR RE-ELECTION AS DA  ---  IN THE END, HYNES WAS A FAR-BEHIND LOSER IN A MISGUIDED ATTEMPT TO HOLD ONTO HIS LOST POWER AS THE  DEMOCRAT DA, HYNES RAN ONLY AS THE REPUBLICAN-CONSERVATIVE NOMINEE FOR DA AND LOST BADLY


Former DA Hynes admitted that he misused his office as Kings County District Attorney for political purposes  and will have to pay a fine of  $40,000 to the NYC Conflicts of Interest Board for activities in 2013 when some of the worst Republican-Conservative stuff also went down


The New York City Conflicts of Interest Board announced the highest fines in the Board’s history for violations related to the campaign activities of former District Attorney Charles Hynes.  They included , a $40,000 settlement with former Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes.  With the fines to several of Hynes' top assistants,  the total of fines exceeded $50,000

In the settlement of the charges against him,  Charles “Joe” Hynes admitted to the routine and extensive use of New York City resources for his 2013 reelection campaign (the “Campaign”) and to having his City subordinates use City time and City resources for activities related to the Campaign.   (FYI  ---  that was this abortive 2013 campaign wherein Hynes, Mike Ling and others agreed that the Hynes campaign would continue campaigning after he had lost the Democratic Primary  ---   even though Hynes knew that he had virtually no chance of winning in November.

After admitting to twenty (20) different factual categories showing that he violated various different of rules of  the NYC Conflicts of Board,  former DA Charles Hynes agreed to the following:

“….
a. I agree to pay a fine of Forty Thousand Dollars ($40,000.00) to the Board by money order or by cashier, bank, or certified check, made payable to the '·New York City Conflicts of lnterest Board," at the time of my signing this Disposition.

b. l agree that this Disposition is a public and final resolution of the Board's charges against me.

c. I knowingly waive on my behalf and on behalf of my successors and assigns any rights to commence any judicial or administrative proceeding or appeal before any court of competent jurisdiction, administrative tribunal, political subdivision, or office of the City or the State of New York or the United States, and to contest the lawfulness, authority, jurisdiction, or power of the Board in imposing the penalty which is embodied in this Disposition, and I waive any right to make any legal or equitable claims or to initiate legal proceedings of any kind against the Board, or any members or employees thereof relating to, or arising out of this Disposition or the matters recited therein.  [and]

d. I confirm that I have entered into this Disposition freely, knowingly1 and intentionally, without coercion or duress and having been represented by attorneys of my choice; that I accept all terms and conditions contained herein without reliance on any other promises or offers previously made or tendered by any past or present representative of the Board; and that I fully understand all the terms of this Disposition. c. I agree that any material misstatement of the facts of this matter, including of the Disposition, by me or by my attorney or agent shall, at the discretion of the Board, be deemed a waiver of confidentiality of this matter….”

TOP ASSISTANTS ALSO FINED

One of Hynes’ top assistants,  Jerry Schmetterer,  agreed to pay a fine of $6,000;  Chief ADA,  Amy Feinstein,  agreed to pay a fine of  $4,500;  Joanna Zamuewski,  a Principal Administrative Associate agreed to pay a fine of  $3,000;  and Lance Ogiste,  ADA and former “Counsel to the District Attorney,” agreed to a fine of  $1,000….   All of these were involved in the furtherance of the Hynes 2013 campaign for re-election.

25 comments:

Galewyn Massey said...

UPDATE: THE "HYNES' LARGE FINE STORY HAS SOME LEGS --- BUT....." EDITION
NY POST GOES WITH A PRETTY PLAIN VANILLA TELLING OF WHAT CHARLIE-JOE HYNES ACTUALLY DID --- AND IT LET'S FORMER DA HYNES OFF THE HOOK WITH SOME BS ABOUT MISUSING E-MAILS AND TAKING THE CONFLICTS BOARD'S DEAL TO SPARE HIS STAFF HAVING TO TAKE THE FALL FOR HIM

The problem is that four of the Hynes' staffers had to "do the drop" along with Mr. Hynes. Also, if you read the over twenty paragraphs of charges, you'll see that it was more that the misuse of E-mails.

Let's see if the City-wide media follow-up on this, and take Mr. Hynes properly to task.....

Galewyn Massey said...

UPDATE & BACKFILL: THE "DAILY NEWS: HYNES' 2013 ELECTION ABUSES TIED TO OTHER WRONGDOING IN DA'S OFFICE" EDITION

According to the NY Daily News, ".... Hynes admitted to using his work account to send a whopping 5,000 campaign emails as he scrambled to save his job. He ultimately lost to Ken Thompson, who has since died. The longtime DA used his office computer and email to communicate with his campaign manager, paid consultants and pollsters about his campaign announcement, fund-raising and endorsements.... He also enlisted his underlings in the DA’s office to pitch in extensively with the campaign, often while on the clock in their official jobs, the board found.... Hynes asked staffers to set up endorsement interviews, campaign TV appearances, fund-raisers and get out the vote efforts — even requesting that two administrative associates print campaign documents 46 times.... He asked his chief assistant district attorney — during work hours and using official email — to help him clean up after a series of scandals, including campaign donations that may have affected a prosecution, his hiring of the daughter of a campaign contributor and his relationship with the late disgraced Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez.... Hynes also exchanged emails with a sitting judge about who to pick as his campaign manager, the judge’s efforts to help him get newspaper endorsements and positive media coverage, and campaign ads endorsements and strategy...." (See "Former Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes hit with $40G fine for using office for failed reelection campaign" by Erin Durkin, 3/27/18, NY Daily News/ Brooklyn [http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/brooklyn-da-fined-40g-office-reelection-bid-article-1.3899269]).

The Hynes-Conflicts Board Fines also received significant coverage in the NY Times, the WSJ, NY1 and several legal, law-enforcement-related, city-government-related and local interest blogs, like "New York City Patch."

Anonymous said...

The Conflicts of Interest Board did a complete whitewash. The "disposition" was strictly about using his DA email. Not a mention about the asset forfeiture money that was used for campaign events at Martys catering hall or the asset forfeiture checks the NY Post reported Larry Morrish got.

I know Larry's not around to defend himself but if its in the NY Post it has to be true.

Anonymous said...

ASSET FORFEITURE abuse is an ongoing scandal across the whole country. It involves the DOJ, specific U.S. Attorneys, State AGs, most local District Attorneys and many other law enforcement agencies.

The worst part is that if there are any seized assets in a case where the charges are later dropped or the defendant wins outright, the defendants can get back any forfeited assets only by use of a "claims" process, where the claimant must prove the validity of the claim and/or proper title to the assets.

Anonymous said...

an old time crook

Anonymous said...

There are lots more of them. Hynes was not the only one. Here's where to start looking for many more of the suspects: STRONG SUPPORTERS OF HYNES from the beginning when he was a commissioner to the end if his reign as DA. Each and every thing was a scam or an abuse of office; and he always had lots of people working in his corner and getting a taste for or from the game.

Anonymous said...

A bad week for Martys hacks. Testaverde and hynes.

Anonymous said...

I read "City & state" and it looks like Marty is having more than a bad week. It's a bad year and its still March.

Anonymous said...

Come December I dont think Marty will be singing "2018 It was a very good year"

Anonymous said...

If anyone took the time to actually read what Mr Testaverde posted on his facebook they would see that there was nothing offensive. Anyone includes the supposed republican party blogger who chooses to copy the leftist noise.

All republican should boycott this phony republican blog.

Anonymous said...

Eaton and Capano are still in shock that CATS left them out to dry by supporting Marty

Anonymous said...

Billionaires usually arent worried about alienating the help

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "EARTH TO WHOMEVER YOU ARE OR WHOMEVER YOU THINK THAT YOU MIGHT BE....." EDITION

TO: "ANONYMOUS SAID... AT 1:28 PM"

WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT YOU OR ANYBODY THAT YOU MIGHT KNOW IS ANY HIGHER THAN "THE HELP" ?????


Enough said..... AH, WTF !!!!!

I was once taken to a one-on-one breakfast by a U.S. Senator and we talked politics.... EH, BIG DEAL !!!!! --- So, unless you're Mike Long, Ed Cox or Johnny Cats himself, shut the fuck up about any of that "the help" BS; btw, if you rate a REAL one-on-one with one of those three, then maybe you might KNOW somebody higher than the help, but I still have my doubts.

Anonymous said...

Trump needs to fire Sessions

Anonymous said...

cats is a republican party officer not a member of some fringe party that meets in pizza places

Anonymous said...

If some are under the impression the reform party is backing Golden you are wrong.

Anonymous said...

Gournades has the reform line

Anonymous said...

to 12:54

Testaverde is an asshole and so are you.

Anonymous said...

I think that maybe somebody like Bob Capano or Craig Eaton said it would be alright for Marty to meet with the Manhattan GOP Chairperson, just to see what he wanted.
Golden and Ghorra still ARE NOT John Catsimatidis' go to people in Brooklyn.

Anonymous said...

Craig is a close friend of John Cats while Jerry and Marty used to talk shit about bringing down Cats and now have to beg for go betweens to patch things up. John is a smart businessman and he’ll suffer the fools gladly while they serve his ends. Meanwhile even Dan Donovan is done with Jerry Kassar watch as he staffs the Brooklyn Office with new additions without so much as a call to Jerry beforehand.

Anonymous said...

"Hitler had to start somewhere" is what Testaverde posted on Facebook.

Not so harmless and inoffensive after all.

Anonymous said...

BTW, billionaires like YKW are ALWAYS worried about alienating somebody, anybody, everybody, because they know that they are just moments away from being dragged out at gunpoint, having everything they thought they owned taken from them, and being lined up against a wall and shot for all of their thoughtless greed. That's especially on somebody like YKW's mind when he remembers the kids might be coming by for a visit, like next week at Greek Easter.

Now, lets have a kind thought for all of our favorite sons, the Menendez brothers.

Galewyn Massey said...

RESPONSE: THE "FOR THE PRO-TESTAVERDE NUMBSKULLS OUT THERE" EDITION

TO THE TRULY BENIGHTED SOULS THAT THINK THERE WAS ANYTHING THAT COULD BE SAID OR DONE TO DEFEND ANTHONY TESTAVERDE AND WHAT HE DID AND SAID EARLIER THIS WEEK >>> AND EXPRESSED THOSE THOUGHTS ON VARIOUS COMMENTS THREADS ON THIS BLOG

EVEN THOUGH MARTY GOLDEN AND MOST OF HIS STAFF ARE REALLY LIKE "THAT GUY"..... ONLY ANTHONY TESTAVERDE HAS PROVEN UNEQUIVOCALLY THAT >>> HE IS "THAT GUY" !!!!!

If you have any doubt, maybe you need to again look at what Marty Golden finally did say about Anthony Testaverde's posting on social media: "... [W]hat occurred in this instance was wrong and cannot be tolerated...."

TO: "ANONYMOUS SAID ... AT 12:54 PM [on 3/29/18]" --- The last time that I looked, Marty Golden remains a "REPUBLICAN" (at least, "...in name only") and what he had to say about your "friend" Anthony T. was not copied from any leftist noise.

This site is and always has been an independent REPUBLICAN voice in Brooklyn --- it is impervious to any attempt at organized boycotts --- however, it might soon change its focus and stated POV --- PLEASE STAY TUNED, you'll ALL be the first to know when I decide what I'll do next.

Anonymous said...

Hi Craig , it's John Cats..Happy Easter. Now that all know I am with Marty and he is mentoring Andrea, you will endorse Marty Golden soon if you want to continue to drive me to some events and get free dinners ...

Anonymous said...

Here's the difference between Eaton/Capano and hacks like Quaglione/Kassar. Eaton and Capano are actual independent thinkers and actors while the others merely carry Marty's coat and get his coffee. Also, anyone who questions the relationship between Craig and Bob with John Cats are simply wrong. John Cats still checks with Craig on anything happening in Brooklyn and obviously John Cats and Bob regularly talk and see each other relating to business, the Cats radio show and politics.