Hammerstein, 67, who ran his practice from Herengracht, has always been politically engaged. He is well organized and angry about the bullying gang on the street and shared his dissatisfaction with it via social media. At the end of last year, he threatened the municipality in court if the litter in the Golden Bend of the Amsterdam canal belt was not cleaned up better. A ‘clean and liveable city’ will be an important theme for candidate politician Hammerstein.
At the beginning of this year, the experienced criminal lawyer – who was good friends with Pim Fortuyn and was on the board of the LPF – deregistered from the Bar Association after forty years and announced in De Telegraaf that he had plans to emigrate. “Just write that I’m moving to New York,” said Hammerstein, who wanted to leave as soon as the corona pandemic would allow.
The well-known Amsterdammer experienced several ‘life-defining moments’. In 1988, Hammerstein was told that he was infected with the HIV virus. Six years later, Hammerstein was arrested on a money laundering suspicion. The former lawyer was imprisoned for six weeks, but was completely acquitted. The public prosecutor who suspected Hammerstein was former VVD State Secretary for Security and Justice Fred Teeven.
Hammerstein is in sixth place on the Amsterdam VVD list, which is headed by Claire Martens. The number two is Kune Burgers, who is now a member of the South district committee. At number three is policy officer Myron von Gerhardt. During the members from November 22 to November 29, the list of candidates for the city council will be finalized by the members. The party now has six seats on the council.