The word all over the office of the Brooklyn DA is that DA-elect Kenneth Thompson informed Amy Feinstein, the number two under Charles Joe Hynes, of the names of workers who should consider themselves advised that they will not have a job under Thompson. Among those notified today are:
- Mary Hughes (head of Crime Prevention),
- Rhonnie Jaus (Head of Sex Crimes),
- Josh Hanashek (Bureau Chief in the Rackets Division),
- Kevin Richardson (Executive Assistant DA who handled some of the appellate work on the Jabbar Collins case), and
- Mary Falvich (Legal Counsel to Crime Prevention).
I am guessing the timing was to give them two weeks notice, though legally, all KCDA ADAs are at-will and can be fired without notice, as Barbara Burke discovered the day after the election.
Update 12/17 : Also in the memo was Dino Amoroso. This is surprising because the NY Post already reported his resignation together with Vecchione and John O’Mara. But perhaps, Thompson never got official confirmation in writing. Amoroso and his girlfriend, Diane Malone already have new jobs lined up. Finally, I am assuming Amy Feinstein will be leaving but has already put that in writing. O’Mara, who lives in New Jersey, in violation of the State law requiring ADAs to live in NYS has to have know he was going to be dismissed. While campaigning, Thompson said he would dismiss any ADAs in violation of the residency requirement. In the past, when ADAs had to live in NYC, Hynes disregarded that infraction by Dino Amoroso who lived in Nassau County.
I hear Mary Hughes is considering going into the gift basket business. It could be very profitable if she specializes in deliveries to the well connected and the stuff is well bundled.