BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn community board manager accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend took a leave of absence to deal with “what’s happened to him,” his lawyer told DNAinfo New York.
Community Board 6 Manager Craig Hammerman was taking a 60-day leave so he could spend some time out of the city after being arrested twice for stalking his ex outside a Bed-Stuy hotel and then breaking an order of protection, lawyer Joyce David said.
"All of this has been horrible for him. He's been a respected member of the community," David said. "He will be able to figure out how he got involved with this woman who was able to manipulate him."
David added that the leave was a mutual decision with other community board members.
“The board wanted this to cool down,” the lawyer said. “Hopefully, it will resolve itself."
CB6 Chair Sayar Lonial said during a Wednesday board meeting that they were considering what, if any, actions should be taken against Hammerman, according to a prepared statement he made at the meeting, a copy of which was shared with DNAinfo.
“The [Finance, Personnel and Law] committee is reviewing all issues with regards to the District Manager of BKCB6, including how these incidents have affected job performance, in addition to reviewing job performance in general,” Lonial added, according to the statement.
“I am very appreciative of our District Manager’s request for a leave of absence during this undoubtedly stressful time for him.”
Hammerman was first arrested on April 2 after he hacked his ex’s Uber account to follow her to Hotel RL on Broadway, according to court documents.
He then broke an order of protection five days later after following her into Park Slope bar The Gate, prosecutors said.
Hammerman was offered a plea deal in the case, but declined, David said.
He is due back in court on June 9.