The city’s Department of Investigation may have implicated Charles Hynes, the former Brooklyn district attorney, in the improper use of money seized from drug dealers to pay a political consultant, but one longtime ally thinks Mr. Hynes is still an “honest player.”
State Senator Marty Golden, a Brooklyn Republican who boosted Mr. Hynes as he unsuccessfully sought re-election last year, defended Mr. Hynes at a GOP rally in Brooklyn last night.
“I’d like to see how that plays itself out–Joe Hynes has always been an honest player, a good player,” Mr. Golden told reporters, referring to Mr. Hynes by his oft-used nickname.
“I’ve been at many hearings when I was in the City Council for five years and then in the State Senate, I gotta tell you, there was no other DA that put more programs together for families … and it wasn’t Irish, Italian, he reached into the worst of the worst, crime-ridden areas and he put programs together that made a difference for the families, the lives of those people, those communities,” Mr. Golden said.
A report surfaced on Monday that Mr. Hynes was facing a DOI inquiry, referred to the attorney general’s office and several other agencies, charging that he paid a campaign consultant more than $200,000 from funds seized from criminal defendants. According to emails obtained by the New York Times, Mr. Hynes also may have violated City Charter and conflict of interest board rules by using office resources for his campaign. Mr. Hynes could face larceny and misdemeanor charges.
The long career of Mr. Hynes came to a sudden end last year when he suffered two defeats to Democrat Ken Thompson, now the Brooklyn district attorney. In the Democratic primary, Mr. Thompson beat Mr. Hynes; the longtime Democrat, with Mr. Golden’s strong backing, ran on the Republican line in the general election, losing in a landslide to Mr. Thompson.
Mr. Golden insisted he didn’t want to render any judgment on Mr. Hynes until he read the investigation’s complaint. He appeared to doubt, however, that Mr. Hynes could have done anything wrong.
“I don’t know what this is going to turn out to be, but I believe Joe Hynes acted honestly,” he said.