Joe Hynes, Why Are You Honoring Me?

Henna White, Eli Poltorak (Chabad), & Joe Hynes

Henna White, Eli Poltorak (Chabad), & Joe Hynes

Today is the 1-year anniversary of one of the greatest honors given to Frum Follies.

Joe, you are an important busy man and yet you have taken time out to honor me. Charles Joseph Hynes, you are District Attorney of Brooklyn and I am just a blogger. You have over a thousand employees and I am a one-man operation. You get covered by the New York Times;  so far, I have only had a few mentions in the mainstream media. Yet you have honored me.

Arthur Aidala

Arthur Aidala

I am surprised because I’ve been criticizing your office for four years. I have accused your Jewish liaison, Henna White, of covering up sex abuse. I accused you of colluding with your buddy, Arthur Aidala, to give Menachem Deutsch a sweetheart deal on serious molesting charges. I accused your Rackets Bureau chief, Michael Vecchione, of perjury, when he denied remembering the content of Lauren Hersh’s training session about Brady disclosure obligations.

Vecchione Stock 2aI confess; I am obnoxious to you. I call your Jewish liaison, Henna Whitewash, and I refer to Michael Vecchione as your “racketeer.” Just in the last year, I raked you over the coals with pejorative article titles such as:

Yet you honor me by taking me seriously, reading all my posts about your office, and even worrying about my deleterious influence on your impressionable staff. You have honored me, ABOVE ALL, by instructing your IT department to block my blog.

Sometimes I wonder if anyone cares about the things I write. You have convinced me that my sources in your office are correct. I am scaring you, Joe. Now everyone knows that you are panicking and resorting to desperate measures to control your restless natives. I expect the leaking to accelerate. Thank you, Joe.

Joe, you will not succeed in blocking my messages. You are not in North Korea or Iran. Your employees have home computers and smart phones. However, to spare your staff from squinting at tiny screens, I will try to schedule stories about the Kings County  District Attorney Office (KCDA) during evenings and weekends. Some breaking stories will go up during business hours. But all my posts about your office will be Tweeted with the hashtag #KCDA to facilitate following.

Joe, do you realize that by blocking sites, you are helping your opponents diagnose your vulnerabilities? Speaking of which, one source tells me that you have honored Scott H. Greenfield and blocked Simple Justice. I am guessing you are sensitive to most of the following posts (here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). Once again, Joe, thanks for revealing that you feel vulnerable to charges of prosecutorial misconduct including improper convictions and going easy on cops. Perhaps you are especially sensitive to reminders of your disastrous attempt to prosecut ex-FBI agent, Lindley DeVecchio.

frumfolliesiconHat Tip: to my sources at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office (KCDA). Guys, keep on leaking. Drip by drip we are going to expose misconduct  and counteract  the hype.

EPILOGUE: In the year since this post went up, Joe Hynes was defeated after 24 years as an incumbent and he now is being investigated for using office funds for his campaign. A grand jury is meeting in the Federal Court building but the investigation includes the new Brooklyn DA and the NYS Attorney General in addition to the US Department of Justice. The corridors outside the grand jury room are a virtual reunion of his old executive team.

The Kol Tzedek program run by Henna White (aka Henna Whitewash) was finally dissolved by the new DA, Kenneth Thompson.

Hynes has been hiding from the press and is done with preening. It is possible he will end up in a jail cell.

Yet, just a little over a year ago when it was a three-way political race most activists despaired of ever seeing him lose his corrupt grip on the office. Which goes to show, it pays to take the long view; just because something has gone on for a while does not mean it cannot be changed.


35 thoughts on “Joe Hynes, Why Are You Honoring Me?

  1. Kol Hakavod, YL. A true success story. You were correct and prescient about virtually everything. You should feel an enormous sense of nachas (I know that is not the usual use of the term, but it seems so appropriate here). Yasher Koach. We are all safer knowing that you are doing more than your share in ridding the world of “minuvalim” b’mlo muvan hamila. Thank you for your tireless, altruistic pursuit of justice and truth.

  2. This is the Hynes legacy. These are 20 of the monsters protected by Hynes:

    1) David Seff, a math professor at Brooklyn College, asked a female student to meet him in a classroom one late afternoon in August 2011 to help with a “listening experiment.” Alone with the young woman, Seff pounced on her, authorities charged. Seff, now 68, allegedly grabbed her breasts and crotch. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment last September and was ordered to stay away from her for a year.

    Seff, an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College from 2003 to 2011, is now a part-time professor at Lehman College in The Bronx.

    2) Israel Moshe, 47, accused in 2010 of raping a 22-year-old woman with cerebral palsy who answered a Craigslist ad. He’s a fugitive with a warrant for arrest.

    3) Alexander Rogalsky, 30, a camp counselor accused in 2011 of first-degree sodomy with a 13-year-old boy in 2003. Under a plea deal with Thompson in February, he copped to second-degree sodomy and got 10 years’ probation.

    4) David Zimmer, 43, a locksmith convicted of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl in 1999 and arrested again in 2012 for taking photos of a 9-year-old girl in Borough Park. He pleaded guilty to failure to register in June and faces sentencing Sept. 13.

    5)  Naftolis Schwartz, 57, a Hebrew teacher accused in 2012 of sexually abusing a 13-year-old student. He pleaded guilty in February to endangering the welfare of a child and received no jail time.

    6) Yosef Ederi, 42, a repeat pedophile accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy at their synagogue in 2011. He pleaded guilty to child endangerment in July 2013, was set free, and struck again. In May, he was convicted of molesting an 8-year-old boy and sentenced to a year in Rikers. He’s already out.

    And 14 other monsters not named in the article.

  3. It is time to demand that the media expose the predators in our community, those in the DA’s office that have protected them and the fixers in our community that have worked with them to that end.

    It is time to publicly expose the predators and their protectors and enablers in our community.

  4. Earlier this week DA Kenneth Thompson’s office released 20 names (of defendants in
    cases where former DA Hynes refused to divulge the names because they involved Orthodox Jewish suspects and/or victims) to Sue Edelman of the New York Post. 14 of those names have yet to be publicly reported.

    Today we learned from the NY Jewish Week that the DA’s office claims that “Since January, Thompson’s office has arrested seven people accused of sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community”.

    Who are these people? We need to know so we can evaluate whether the corrupt Hynes legacy (one step closer to criminal charges ) including protecting abusers in our community has finally come to an end.

    I have been able to determine the 5 of the 7 arrested in Brooklyn this year:

    I don’t believe Brooklyn Rabbi Samuel Waldman ( ) is one of the cases as Rabbi Waldman was charged with Federal crimes. I don’t believe Rabbi Menachem Tewel AKA Mendel Tevel is one of the cases as he was arrested at the end of 2013 ( ). Rabbi Tewel’s next court appearance is September 4, 2014. Then again I don’t know how the Brooklyn DA’s office keeps these statistics and that is one of the points of this exercise, to determine what the real statistics are.

    1) Jerry Brauner arrested January 6, 2014
    Next court appearance is September 10, 2014.

    2) Jose Fernando (employee at Shlomy’s Bakery) arrested February 12, 2014
    Next court appearance is May 28, 2015.

    3) Moshe Shemtov arrested April 26, 2014
    Next court appearance is August 15, 2014.

    4) Joseph Schwartz arrested January 29, 2014
    Next court appearance is September 9, 2014.

    5) Yosef Ederi arrested June 13, 2014
    Next court appearance is December 19, 2014.

    6) Unknown

    7) Unknown

    Any one have ideas as to the remaining names?

    It is imperative we monitor all cases going forward and hold the current DA’s office to the high standard necessary to protect our children and community from the monsters that thrived under Hynes. No more fixers. No more sweetheart deals without jail time or public sex offender registration like Rabbi Yehuda Kolko and Rabbi Lippa/Lewis Brenner. We will expose the predators, the fixers, the enablers and the protectors and any other corrupt entities that protect the predators. This will be done publicly like never before. No more corruption in Brooklyn. The Hynes legacy will end.

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