Since that denial, The New York Times has reviewed a Facebook Messenger conversation that Ms. Hanks had with Mr. Luthmann. In it, he passes along a post from a sham Facebook page set up in the name of her opponent, City Councilwoman Deborah Rose, inviting people to support her “partnership” with a real estate developer to turn a property into an “SRO Welfare Hotel full of Criminals.”
Ms. Hanks does not respond to that. Then Mr. Luthmann points out to Ms. Hanks that a community board includes a member they apparently consider unpopular or controversial.
“Yes! Check who appointed her,” Ms. Hanks replies, adding: “I would BET it was Debi Rose.”
She concludes, “Find out.”
Ms. Hanks would not discuss the exchange with Mr. Luthmann. For his part, Mr. Luthmann said he regarded Ms. Hanks as his “conscience” and said: “She is a far better woman than I am a man. These were almost motherly communications.”
The other political figure, Ron Castorina Jr., who serves in the Assembly and as chairman of the county Republican party, said last week that he was merely attempting to “placate” Mr. Luthmann.
The assemblyman reiterated that more strongly on Thursday when asked about specific material from their conversations. In another chat reviewed by The Times, Mr. Luthmann sends Mr. Castorina pornographic images, including one altered to make it appear as though Mr. Castorina’s female opponent had been photographed while engaged in a sexual act.
“She will jump in front of a bus,” Mr. Luthmann writes.
Mr. Castorina responds with an abbreviation for a phrase that loosely means he is laughing so hard, a part of his body will fall off.
The assemblyman also writes:
“there’s her pearl necklace whe always wears.”
Mr. Luthmann says that some “sick” individual has just posted the image to the internet. Mr. Castorina responds, “I hope not.”
Replies Mr. Luthmann: “Dark web. Untraceable IP.”
Mr. Castorina is not assuaged. “It will be twisted and turned by her and come back at me,” he writes. “i’m just going to win on the merits.”
“Don’t worry,” replies Mr. Luthmann. “It won’t get publicized.”
He adds that the image was next to a picture of another Staten Island politician being sodomized. Mr. Castorina says he worries that he will be subject to retaliation, but once again signals through abbreviation…