Back in 2011, Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz got caught using his staff to do his personal work. Specifically, top aide, Carlo Scissura worked as his unpaid lawyer in a real estate transaction. The Daily News “Bestowed upon him [Markowitz] a New York Knucklehead Award. Now, pleading ignorance of the law, Markowitz has settled with the Conflicts of Interest Board by paying a $2,000 fine.”
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles (Joe) Hynes is the county’s highest law enforcement officer. He definitely should know better than knucklehead Markowitz. Yet, he assigned Power of Attorney (POA) to ADA Dino Amoroso in December 12, 2001 in order to effect a number of real estate transactions (See copies of relevant sections of POA document below)
While the POA below is one that is on the public record, Amoroso also worked on behalf Hynes back in November 25, 1996 to obtain financing from the Ridgewood Savings Bank for their coop on 216-35 12th Avenue, Rockaway Point Queens. He is also on record for several other mortgage deals for Joe and Pat Hynes.
By the way, Dino Amoroso is in charge of evaluating and disciplining staff for unethical or illegal conduct. He is also in charge of the DA’s responses to the Jabbar Collins suit which alleges the DA violated his constitutional rights by its negligent attention to defendant rights including failing to discipline employees who violated defendant rights. Dino swears, like Joe Hynes, that Michael Vecchione, the ADA who led the Collins prosecution is very, very ethical. How would Dino know?
One other thing I wonder about. Hynes has to live in Brooklyn to be Brooklyn DA and to vote in Brooklyn. Yet he lists a Queens address on his POA. I will bet John K. O’Hara has a few thoughts about that, as the man Hynes prosecuted for voting from an address a few blocks from where Hynes claimed O’Hara lived.
Details will follow in subsequent posts as well as revelations of additional legal irregularities.
[Note- if you are having trouble reading the documents below, click on them to open them separately.]