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.