Queens District Attorney Richard Brown died Saturday. He was 86.
He was at a health facility in Redding, Conn., surrounded by his wife, two daughters, his son and two granddaughters, one of whom is a cadet at West Point.
Brown had been at the facility the past several days after having a fall in his home. He stepped down in March after serving 28 years as DA as he battled Parkinson’s disease.
“Judge Brown — as he was affectionately called — was a public servant like no other,” the acting Queens DA, Chief Assistant District Attorney John M. Ryan, said in a statement. “Judge Brown contributed greatly to making this City the safest big city in the nation.
“His District Attorney’s Office created one of the State’s first Drug Courts, as well as Mental Health Courts and Veterans Court — all very successful over the years and their models duplicated across the country.”
When he took office in 1991, crime was at record highs. Brown went on to become the longest-serving DA in the city.
The Post editorial board extolled Brown as “the last true prosecutor,” stating, “he has reason to be proud that Queens boasts the city’s highest conviction rate.”
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