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DA To Drop Stalking Case Against Brooklyn Community Board Manager: Lawyer

By Caroline Spivack | September 29, 2017 6:07pm | Updated on October 1, 2017 7:49pm
 Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman was charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend April, according to prosecutors.
Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman was charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend April, according to prosecutors.
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PARK SLOPE — Prosecutors intend on dropping their case against a Brooklyn community board leader who is accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend, his lawyer said.

Community Board 6’s long-serving district manager Craig Hammerman was arrested twice in April on charges he stalked an ex-girlfriend. But the window to prosecute the case is coming to a close, in addition to the plaintiff no longer wanting to pursue charges, leading the DA's office to let the clock run out on the case, his attorney said.

"The prosecutor no longer plans to pursue the case," lawyer Joyce David said. "I think that [Hammerman's ex-girlfriend] realized this had gone too far. This really was never what it appeared to be."

News of plans were first reported by the Brooklyn Paper.

The 90-day period the district attorney's office has to pursue the misdemeanor charge is about to end, and if it is to move forward, prosecutors must file a notice of readiness with the court before a scheduled hearing on the case set for Nov. 1.

But a prosecutor from the DA's office told David they planned to let time run out without taking further action, she said. 

The DA's office declined to comment on the case.

Hammerman, who has worked on Community Board 6 since 1990 and is its highest paid staffer at $112,000 a year, took a medical leave of absence shortly after he was arrested on April 2 for hacking his ex-girlfriend's Uber account to follow her to a Bushwick hotel, according to court documents.

He then broke an order of protection five days later after he followed her to a Park Slope bar, prosecutors said. 

The defiant district manager turned down a June plea deal that would have forced him to admit to a violation while other more serious charges would have been dropped, his lawyer said.

Hammerman may soon be out of hot water with the courts, but he still faces scrutiny in his role on the community board.

Board chairman Sayar Lonial told members at a meeting earlier this month that the group’s Finance, Personnel, and Law Committee will review Hammerman's performance when he returned from his more than five-month leave, which ended on Sept. 28.

Hammerman and Lonial did not immediately respond to requests for comment. CB6 Assistant District Manager Ty Beatty declined to comment.