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New York City Government Official Steps Down After Complaints of Anti-Jewish Behavior

Maritza Ming, a controversial top aide to Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, has left the office to work at a personal-injury law firm following accusations of antisemitism and other misconduct, The Post has learned. 

Ming’s departure comes eight months after The Post first reported allegations by multiple current and former staffers that as Gonzalez’s chief of staff she badmouthed Jewish employees, bullied underlings, misused office staff and resources, and failed to properly account for her time, among other complaints.

She did not return a phone call to Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, which confirmed Friday that she was an attorney with the Manhattan law firm.A Brooklyn DA spokesman said Ming “resigned” at the beginning of the month. She was still listed and pictured among the “executive leadership” on the office’s website, but taken down Saturday after The Post asked about it.

“How the mighty have fallen,” one DA insider told The Post. “She went from being the queen of the office to an ambulance chaser. She will now have to work for her check.”

Ming had not shown up in the DA’s office since last July, according to numerous sources.

Previously, Brooklyn DA spokesman Oren Yaniv said Ming was on a leave, without further explanation.

However, records obtained by The Post indicate that she remained on the payroll during her long absence from the office.

Ming, who was among the top five highest-paid DA staffers, took home a total ​​ $223,849 last fiscal year, including a $15,000 “bonus.”

She is leaving on the heels of an internal probe commissioned by Gonzalez into the handling of discrimination complaints by DA employees, a process Ming oversaw. Gonzalez hired a private consulting firm, Guidepost Solutions, to conduct the probe.

The city Department of Investigation is also looking into Ming’s conduct, The Post learned.

Ming has been accused of using agency vehicles and staff for personal benefit, and of failing to submit time sheets for years.

A false accounting of time off can result in the accrual of undeserved vacation time, which is paid when an employee leaves the job.

Ming has not returned numerous calls and emails seeking comment on the allegations.

Yaniv would not say how much unpaid leave Ming has accrued.

Ming joined the Brooklyn DA’s office in 1997. Gonzalez named her chief of staff in 2018. Last year, he promoted her to “confidential executive assistant district attorney.”

Gonzalez, who sources say aspires to become state attorney general, has fielded complaints from members of the Jewish community who objected to his office employing a high-level staffer accused of antisemitism, sources said.

Some Jewish leaders told Gonzalez that they could not bring him around the community as long as Ming  worked for him, and that Gonzalez needs their votes and money.

If Gonzalez lost the Jewish community support, it would be a “game changer” for his political ambitions, a source said.

https://nypost.com/2024/03/23/us-news/maritza-ming-top-aide-to-brooklyn-da-eric-gonzalez-leaves-office-amid-antisemitism-misconduct-accusations/