Wolf Sender is out. I got it wrong in the summer when he was slated to be fired but was given a reprieve. This time it is official.
It is possible that he is being made the fall guy for the Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson’s shiva visit to Satmar fixer and wheeler-dealer, Moshe Friedman, somewhere between Dec 2nd and December 7th. This got publicized together with the fact that Friedman’s son, Leo Friedman, gave approximately $30,000 to the Thompson campaign.
If so, that is absurd. The DA knew perfectly well that Moshe Gabbai was implicated in the Hynes-Vecchione orchestrated Kellner arrest on attempted extortion and witness bribery against the Lebovits family. Friedman gave since discredited testimony. Thompson should have known better. But he is too busy shoring up Satmar support for his longer range political ambitions.
Nevertheless, the bad press followed and Thompson is given to lashing out (e.g., firing) employees when anything goes wrong.
The December DA Chanukah party was another showcase of the DA’s growing ties to Satmar. They were the dominant group of community attendees. A host high level members of the DA’s office attended. Joe Alexis attended, making him the only zone chief.
Meanwhile, the DA’s office has succeeded is drying up the flow of new ultra orthodox sex abuse charges. The word has gotten out that this DA does not care much about prosecuting them. He certainly does not care about prosecuting witness intimidation. A year after taking office there has still been no prosecution of any of those involved in intimidating witnesses or corrupting the prosecution of Baruch Lebovits on multiple counts of oral sex with an underage boy. Thompson seems only to care about getting Michel Vecchione who he targeted during his campaign. But he still retains the staff who mucked up the Lebovits prosecution.
Wolf Sender was Dov Hikind’s man. That made sense since Hikind supported Thompson in the primary while David Greenfeld supported Hynes. I am wondering if Thompson will shift to a Greenfeld designee since Greenfield’s political power continues to rise and Hikind’s seems to be standing still or declining.
Update 12/30/14 1 a.m. – The New York Daily News reported this story about an hour after my posting.
Boorey Deutsch wrote on FaceBook:
A while ago i met Wolf in the elevator of the DA’s office and he asked me with a smile on his face “oh so your here again, whom are you putting in trouble now? your not done yet are you ah?”