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Former Brooklyn DA members fined for doing political work on government time

Three more former members of the Brooklyn DA’s office have been slapped with fines for doing political work on government time during the campaign of then DA-Charles Hynes in 2013.

The decision by the Conflicts of Interest Board came a couple of months after the board handed down a $40,000 fine against Hynes for illegally using his office as the top prosecutor in Kings County as an extension of his re-election campaign.

The COIB on Monday fined three former DA’s office employees — a community liaison, deputy district attorney and an assistant district attorney — a total of $5,600 for using government time or resources to aid Hynes.

The community liaison, Henna White, was hit with the largest fine — $4,000 — for using her official email to organize campaign events, connect Hynes with supporters to host fundraisers and get-out-the-vote events and to prep the then-DA for his appearances at fundraisers.

The deputy district attorney, Michael Vecchione, agreed to pay a $1,000 fine for using his government email and computer to prep Hynes for a televised debate while he was on the government clock.

And Assistant DA Mary Hughes admitted to answering campaign emails on government time, costing her $600.

So far, the COIB has brought fines against Hynes and seven aides for their actions during his bitter and hotly-contested loss to Kenneth Thompson, who died from cancer in 2016.

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