2019-03-13 / Front Page

DA Brown’s Retirement To Be Sooner Than Expected


Queens District Attorney Richard Brown has released a statement regarding his retirement. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown has released a statement regarding his retirement. Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown has released the following statement regarding his retirement:

“It had been my hope that I would be able to finish out this term in office. Unfortunately, that is not to be. Given the current state of my health and my ongoing health issues, it has become increasingly difficult to fully perform the powers and duties of my office in the manner in which I have done since 1991. Accordingly, I intend to resign as district attorney, effective June 1, 2019, the 28th anniversary of my first assuming this office. In the interim, pursuant to the provisions of subdivisions 3 and 4 of section 702 of the County Law, section 9 of the Public Officers Law, and such other applicable provisions of law, I hereby designate my chief assistant, John M. Ryan to exercise the powers and duties of the office of district attorney while I address my health issues. I will continue to work closely with my staff until my retirement to ensure an orderly transition for this office and for the residents of Queens county.

“I thank the people of Queens for their much appreciated support over the years. It has been my honor to serve you. I particularly want to express my appreciation to all those who have worked so professionally and diligently in this office as assistant district attorneys, investigators and members of our support staff. Together we have built what I believe to be one of the finest prosecutor’s offices in the country.”

Elected officials issued statements following DA Brown’s announcement:

Queens Borough President and candidate for district attorney Melinda Katz said, “I want to thank Richard Brown for his years of service as Queens district attorney, and my thoughts are with his family in this difficult time. His 28 years as district attorney are a testament to his dedication to public service and the people of Queens.”

Council Member Barry S. Grodenchik said, “Today’s news that Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown will be retiring in June represents the end of an era in Queens. Coming into office a generation ago, Judge Brown worked with the police department to bring crime down to unprecedented low levels. His tenure has made Queens a safer and better place to live and work. I thank Judge Brown for his decades of service and wish him the very best as he enters a much deserved retirement.”

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