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Search begins for new Brooklyn CB6 district manager following Hammerman resignation

October 10, 2017 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman. Photo by Mary Frost

Longtime Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman has submitted his resignation from his $121,000-a-year position, which will go into effect on Oct. 20, according to Hammerman’s attorney and published accounts.

Now the board is faced with hiring its first new district manager in 27 years. In that position, Hammerman represented the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Park Slope and Red Hook.

While board members are appointed by the borough president (half of whom are nominated by their district’s City Council members), the board itself is charged with the responsibility of appointing a district manager and other professional staff, according to the borough president’s website.

Hammerman was arrested two times in April on charges of stalking and harassing an ex-girlfriend, who is unnamed in court papers. He went on medical leave for roughly five months following the arrests.

Joyce David, Hammerman’s attorney, told the Brooklyn Eagle the she expects the charges against him to be dropped when the case next comes to court on Nov. 1.

According to court papers, Hammerman was arrested on March 26 and charged with stalking and harassment after downloading his ex-girlfriend’s Uber account onto his phone and using this information to locate her at a Brooklyn hotel. He allegedly asked for her room number and tried to speak with her.

He was also arrested in early April after allegedly violating an order of protection by sitting next to the woman in a Park Slope bar.

David said that the court proceedings had nothing to do with Hammerman’s decision to submit his resignation. “He was upset and distracted at work,” she said. “He didn’t want anything to reflect negatively on the Community Board. He was in the same job for 27 years — since his early 20s.”

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She added, “He has a couple of job offers [which are] quite good.”

A spokesperson for CB6 was not immediately available for comment. According to DNAinfo, CB6 recently held a performance review for Hammerman.

The Finance, Personnel and Law Committee consulted with the New York City Law Department after the arrests, CB6 Chair Sayar Lonial told the Eagle in May. “The FPL 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.”

 

 

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