Under Charles J. Hynes, Lance P. Ogiste, was Counsel to the District Attorney of Brooklyn and the third best paid member of their staff. In 2012 Hynes even got the New York Bar Association to award him the Thomas E Dewey medal for being Brooklyn’s outstanding Prosecutor of the Year. Ogiste was also the only African-American in the top tier of the Hynes administration. Ogiste was once an accomplished prosecutor but for over a decade he has done very little legal work. Instead he was used mostly for public appearances on behalf of Hynes with the African-Caribbean community of Brooklyn.The new D. A., Ken Thompson has been trimming the old executive fat and Lance lost his old perch according to sources in Brooklyn courthouse circles. Over a week ago I heard that he lost his old office on the 19th floor executive suite and was working out of a conference room. He has now been officially reassigned as a line ADA in the Red Zone. I trust and hope his salary has been reduced accordingly.