Brooklyn's District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and his liaison to the haredi community Henna White are caught on camera standing in a no-campaigning zone in front of a polling place in Borough Park today. Hynes is wearing his special Joe Hynes for D.A. campaign yarmulke. He and White claimed they were only waiting for a friend.
Neither Hynes or White vote at this polling place.
Both were asked to cross the street and agreed. But they didn't do it. Instead, they moved just past the no electioneering sign as you can see here:
Meanwhile, Gothamist has pictures of Satmar hasidim giving raffle tickets to people who vote. Winners get hundreds of dollars. The table is full of campaign literature from a Satmar faction and that includes endorsements of politicians – including Brooklyn's scandal-plagued D.A. Charles J. Hynes:
[Hat Tip for the video and Hynes picture: MMA.]
…Another [hasid paid to work the raffle table] told us that the United Jewish Organizations, a "Hasidic umbrella group" dominated by the Satmars, was sponsoring the raffle, and said that voters were given literature suggesting that they vote the UJO's candidates, but that it's not mandatory.
"They just give out a name for who to vote for, it's not like you have to vote for them, they can do whatever they want," said the man, who declined to give his name. "We just want to get people to come out. It's basically an idea to get people out of their homes and out of their job, because if not they're gonna stay at home."
Who does the UJC seemingly endorse? According to the literature taped to the table: Bill Thompson for mayor, Stephen Levin for councilmember, Scott Stringer for Comptroller, Daniel Squadron for Public Advocate and Charles Hynes for Brooklyn DA.
The 16-year-old at the table told us that the voters handed him cards because "They agreed to vote for Hynes." We were told that there were at least five of these tables at other voting locations in Williamsburg…