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CB6 District Manager Steps Down Earlier Than Planned

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PARK SLOPE – The embattled District Manager of Brooklyn Community Board 6, Craig Hammerman, has stepped down from his post earlier than initially planned.

At a CB6 General Board Meeting held Wednesday evening at the John Jay Education Campus, Sayar Lonial, the board’s Chair, announced that Hammerman’s last day was effective immediately.

“Craig sent out a letter on Friday, October 6 stating that his last day of work would be October 20, but after careful consideration, all parties involved agreed that, in fact, his last day of work for our Board would be Wednesday, October 11. I want to thank Craig for his years of service,” Lonial said.

Hammerman, who was not at yesterday’s meeting, has served as CB6’s District Manager for 27 years. He submitted his resignation following a dramatic year in which he was arrested twice in April for allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend. His lawyer said in late Sepetember that the charges against him will likely be dropped.

Hammerman took an extended medical leave from his post during the controversy for more than four months, returning on September 27. Upon his return to work, CB6’s Finance, Personnel and Law Committee conducted a performance review with him.

“After what can only be described as a difficult time for everyone involved, we thought the decision to make a clean break was the best decision,” Lonial continued. “The institutional knowledge that Craig brought with his years of experience will be missed, but times change, and with those changes we ourselves must look to change,” he added.

The board will post the open position and the Finance, Personnel and Law Committee will conduct interviews. Selected candidates will need the full board’s vote for approval. It is unknown whether the salary will be anywhere near the more than $121,000 a year Hammerman was reportedly earning, according to the New York Post.

CB6 serves Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, and Red Hook.

“I look forward to turning the page, and turning our whole focus back to the work of our neighborhoods and community,” Lonial stated.

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