Former CB 6 District Director Charged With Counterfeiting Has Given Almost $ 40,000 In Increases

[Left – Right] Kim Maier, Executive Director, Old Stone House; Gilly Youner, Co-Chair of Park Slope City Council; Craig Hammerman, District Director CB6; Daniel Wiley, community coordinator for MP Nydia Velázquez; John Frost, General Manager of the Bikeshare Program, DOT; NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg; Board Member Brad Lander; Doug Gordon, Brooklyn Spoke; Jules Flynn, Managing Director of Citi Bike; Paul Steely White, ED of Transportation Alternatives. (Photo by Donny Levit / Park Slope Stoop)

After a tumultuous past that has involved multiple arrests for stalking, former Brooklyn Community Board 6 District Director Craig Hammerman now faces an indictment of 17 counts after forging documents to be give increases.

District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced yesterday that Hammerman, 53, allegedly forged the signature of CB 6 president Sayar Lonial on three occasions and once the signature of former CB 6 president Gary Reilly to give himself non-pay raises. authorized between May 2015 and October 2017.

Community Council 6 represents Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook and Park Slope. Hammerman had been a district director since 1990.

According to the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, which processes salary increases for community council employees, Hammerman received $ 38,345 in salary he was not entitled to due to the fraud. When Hammerman resigned from the board of directors in 2017 over allegations of stalking, his salary was $ 121,931.

“This defendant would have sought to enrich himself with taxpayers’ money to which he was not entitled. It was a betrayal of public trust that cannot be tolerated, ”Gonzalez said. “I remain committed to eliminating crimes like this which can be costly in the long run. We will now seek to hold this accused to account. “

“This defendant granted himself several increases, including a merit increase, and falsified the authorization of his manager to have them approved by the City, according to the charges. New Yorkers expect – and deserve – public servants who serve their communities with impeccable integrity, ”said Commissioner Peters of the NYC Department of Investigation. “The DOI will continue to criminalize city workers who take advantage of taxpayers and steal city funds. We thank our partners in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office for their cooperation in this investigation. “

If convicted on the main count in his indictment – four counts of second-degree infringement – Hammerman faces seven years in prison. Following his indictment, Hammerman was released without bail and was ordered to return to court on August 8, 2018. Of course, an indictment is not proof of guilt, and Hammerman will be able to face up to it. these charges in court.

The Fort Greene man, however, has a history of trouble with the law, having been arrested on multiple occasions for harassing his ex-girlfriend. Despite the charges in the latest round of dropped charges, Hammerman still resigned from the CB 6 board in 2017.

Daniel E. Murphy