Shabbos Goy Hynes Calculates His Take from a Hasidic Fundraiser

Hynes email re expected Ben Barber yield july 2013

From the Frum Follies archives two years ago (8/9/13)

On July 23rd Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes estimated a take of $7,500 from a fundraiser with Hasidim hosted by  Boro Park Hasid, Ben Barber .

It was at this fundraiser on July 29 that he declared himself a “real shabbos goy” meaning someone who could anticipate and deliver prohibited acts to his orthodox constituents without even being asked.

Henna White email to Hynes on 2-13-13 re Ben Barber fundraiserAt the same event, Hynes made a point of saying he was not asking for money, but mentioned how it was necessary for a campaign. But another email from February by Henna White makes it clear that he conceived of these sort of events as fundraisers and used office staff, on office time, on office email to arrange these events.

Hasidim routinely talk about funneling fantastic sums on the scale of a half a million or more to candidates. Apparently the sums are much lower and their power is primarily based on votes and political maneuvering, not raw cash.

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

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

It is a mistake to ponder whether Hynes conducted political activity with the resources of the DA’s office. Under Hynes the DA’s office and his political operation were one and the same thing. That mentality was so pervasive that many attorneys who should have known better could not even be bothered to take the precaution of using private email accounts for campaign work. And why should they have? They correctly understood their bosses message: “We are a political operation that also prosecutes.”






2 thoughts on “Shabbos Goy Hynes Calculates His Take from a Hasidic Fundraiser

  1. This archive story is vaguely interesting, but not as interesting as the Frum Follies story in June 2014 that was published with great fanfare by Frum Follies that Hynes had (allegedly) taken DA funds to finance his election efforts and was being investigated by the feds and a grand jury.

    Frum Follies has not followed up on it at all. Why not?

    Frum Follies clearly has high-level connections in the legal system/Brooklyn DA’s office to find out what is going on with this Hynes investigation.

    So, has Hynes been prosecuted after a year of investigation, and if not by now, can we thus assume the investigation per the June 2014 story was just a useless witch-hunt by Thompson, or others?

    • Not by Thompson. The investigation is by the NYS Attorney General and the US Attorney. It is not uncommon for these things to take years till they culminate in prosecutions. Hynes has completely withdrawn from public life. I imagine he would return if the cloud lifted.

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