Abe George vs. Charles Hynes

DA Charles Hynes running a corrupt office, challenger claims

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District Attorney Charles Hynes runs a politically corrupt ship that needs to be cleaned from stem to stern, claims a prosecutor who hopes to boot the 23-year incumbent from office next year.

“We’ve lost trust in DA Hynes and that’s a huge problem for the community,” said Abe George, a Sheepshead Bay native and Williamsburg resident who stepped down from his post as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan to focus on his nascent campaign. “My election will be about restoring integrity to the office.”

Hynes has been in office since 1989, but George says Brooklyn’s current climate is ripe for change, claiming that the recent criticisms on Hynes’s chummy relationship with the ultra-Orthodox community around sex abuse crimes shows how far the district attorney has fallen from grace.

“He’s lost all credibility in prosecuting these sex crimes in the ultra-Orthodox community and as a result of that some of the political prosecution power we’ve had,” said George. “He’s failing to protect children and he’s failing to protect the public from crime.”

Hynes came under fire for being too cozy with Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox community — a powerful voting bloc — starting with a scathing piece in the New York Times that accused him of tacitly supporting a practice in which rabbis determine if a sex crime should be reported to police.

But George say Hynes’s shortcomings are not limited to his relationship with religious communities.

“Hynes has done a terrible job at addressing crimes in general,” he said, noting that Brooklyn leads the city in murders.

And the precipitous drop in crime in Brooklyn over the last twenty years is more national than a local phenomenon, George claims.

“We have to address the murders in Brownsville, East New York, and Bedford-Stuyvesant,” he said.

Thirty-eight percent of murders citywide last year occurred in Brooklyn.

George said that if he’s elected, he will work more closely with the police department to refine the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

“Stop-and-frisk is the purview of the District Attorney; he’s the chief law enforcer of the county and it’s his job to tell cops when they’ve crossed the line,” George said, claiming that stop-and-frisk leads to an excessive number of marijuana-related arrests. “We need to educate the police department to what the legal standard is and hold the line. It’s wrong to have people stopped without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.”

George, who went to Midwood High School before attending NYU as an undergraduate, said he will take a street-level approach to campaigning.

“I’m meeting with the communities, victims, churches, and mosques for the first 90 days to get on the ground and meet people,” he said. “I’m a city guy and a Brooklyn boy and it’s been frustrating to see how Brooklyn has suffered in different areas recently.”

Hynes declined to comment, but said through a spokeswoman that he would be running in 2013.

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at
Updated 5:34 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mikey from Bay Ridge says:
Its time for a change
July 18, 2012, 11:34 am
JAY from PSLOPE says:
ok so what exactly is this new guys plan? Its pretty easy to sit around and complain and point out problems, and they ARE everywhere, but what does he think he can do that is better and different? I would have liked to see that in this story instead of a half-sentence sound byte that means diddly squat. Guess I will have to read another paper to find that info out.
July 18, 2012, 12:25 pm
Patty from Breezy Point says:
Charlie Hynes was an outstanding president of the Breezy Point co-op board.
He kept out the undesirables.
Thanks to Hynes Breezy Point is the safest neighborhood in the city.
July 18, 2012, 6:02 pm
Bob from Park Slope says:
This guy has no experience as a supervisor or manager of attorneys. How can he even begin to think of running for an office that includes hundreds of attorneys and other staff? This campaign is just silly.
July 18, 2012, 7:21 pm
Jesse from Williamsburg says:
Good point Bob.
Lets stick with the guy who protects pedophiles.
Thats what I call good management
July 18, 2012, 8:56 pm
Killer walks free from killed a person and walk free says:
Hynes let a killer walk free because of connections.
July 18, 2012, 10:16 pm
Marc from Park Slope says:
Hynes is for sale. Its not news anymore
July 18, 2012, 11:49 pm
Benny from Sunset Park says:
Vito Lopez Joe Hynes = 2 Crooks
July 19, 2012, 12:26 am
Benny from Sunset Park says:
July 19, 2012, 12:27 am
Benny from Sunset Park says:
July 19, 2012, 12:28 am
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
Time to get these old farts out of office. Charles Hynes. Marty Golden. That entire crew on Staten Island.
July 19, 2012, 9:31 am
Frank S from Marine Park says:
It sounds like Abe George has integrity. Now that's the stuff leaders should be made of.
July 19, 2012, 12:51 pm
Terry from Brownsville says:
From what I have been reading, Abe George was a veteran prosecutor at the District Attorney's Office, and gave up his paycheck so he could help Brooklyn and make our streets safer! What are any of you doing to help? I for one am sick of the violence. Time for a new approach and a new DA!
July 19, 2012, 1:28 pm
James from Clinton Hill says:
Agreed. Did you know that Ronald Reagan was in office when Hynes was first elected! Isnt it time for someone new??
July 19, 2012, 1:34 pm
Brandon from Forte Green says:
I believe that its time for a change!
July 19, 2012, 4:42 pm
Hector from Disney World says:
Cant we all get along
July 19, 2012, 10:31 pm
Ed from Heights says:
I wish there were a way to filter out Mr. George's obvious political supporters from these commentators. Bob from Park Slope makes the most salient point - what is his experience? But more importantly, why hasn't this journalist asked him about his lack of experience and reported it to us? And please spare me any talk of him being a "veteran" prosecutor - there are something like 4 or 500 ADAs in that office. Was he the best one? Has he done any big cases? Has he supervised anyone at all, let alone the whole office? I wish this reporter would ask those questions.
July 19, 2012, 11:06 pm
Sheik Y'ar Bahoudih from New Lots says:
Mr. George looks like a nice new suit, haircut and shave.
Mr. Hynes looks like his best days are long gone; and I doubt that he supervises much more than his own bathroom visits when he does show up in the office.
July 20, 2012, 1:12 am
Henrietta from Bedford Stuyvesant says:
Judge John L. Phillips
Rest in Peace
July 20, 2012, 1:51 am
Jimmy from Midwood says:
Hynes 22 year record
- Gets caught taking kickbacks from staff
- over 200 convictions overturned because of misconduct
- moved out of Brooklyn to Breezy Point
- the Ohara case
- lets pedophiles go free
July 21, 2012, 2:02 pm
David from Marine Park says:
We need a district attorney like abe george who still lives in Brooklyn.
Charlie Hynes left Brooklyn the same year the Dodgers did.
July 21, 2012, 11:37 pm
Jesse from Red Hook says:
I think we need a change in the Brooklyn courts
July 23, 2012, 1:41 am
Reward 25M from Sunset Park says:

“A man loves his sweetheart the most his wife the best but his mother the longest.” Irish Proverb

The following reward is beingoffered by the family of Ms. Baez, a God fearing righteous and holy woman whocame to New York and settled in Park Slope and Sunset Park Brooklyn to escape the sterilization policies of the 1950’s and grow and nurture her future family, a great mother, grandmother, wife and widow of a great husband, anAmerican soldier and Marine, sister of a purple heart recipient and a relativeto men of honor and integrity with medals of valor in combat still livingprosperous lives both here and abroad, mother to a PhD candidate daughter andmother to Humberto Baez, her only boy and his greatest role model andinspiration.

This reward is being offered as a result of the proliferation of the culture of cover-ups, their manufacture,the intimidation, the witness tampering, the extortions ,lies, the corruption that existed in many forms within a six year time span regarding her sonshighly confidential and profitable professional career and his electability in the County of Kings that culminated in the outrageous conduct, physical assaults, fractures the ground control and deadly force exhibited against a 100lb mother and her 20lb granddaughter,both of them breathing for their lives on the floor in front of the eyes of heronly son while he was subdued by an army of gangsters in Southwest Brooklyn on special orders and in return for special rewards, special protections and special privileges for all those involved living in error in the sight of the Almighty who sees both good and evil whose truths and lies surrounding these particular deep matters are not hidden from.

Henceforth this reward is being offered and will be delivered by Mr. Humberto Baez who has appeared before DOI with several hundred thousand dollars in the past and certainly they know this statement is true or upon his untimely or suspicious death this reward extends to his heirs and their heirs if not resolved duing his lifetime made payable to the NYC Department of Investigation c/o the most Honorable Rose Gill Hearns and the Honorable KeithSchwann of the Marshals Bureau or to whom they instruct on the arrest, convictiona nd incarceration of ALL parties involved in these grave injustice towards this most special of mothers and the Baez family.
Sept. 10, 2012, 3:04 pm
anonymous ADA from Bayridge says:
The DA is supposed to live in Brooklyn. He doesn't. He lives in the highly concentrated white town and least diverse place in the US, Breezy Point. Really? He is completely out of touch with every segment of Brooklyn other than the white upper middle class.
He forces ADAs to teach 5th graders and calls it charity.
Every ADA hired is a favor to someone, not merit, which means quality does not determine qualification and quality of prosecutors suffers. Count how mant ADAs have lived or live in Breezy Point. The DA is hiring the grown children of his neighbors.
Dec. 19, 2012, 4:02 am

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