Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown recently passed away. Brown served as DA for nearly 30 years. He was 86.

Brown was appointed the district attorney of Queens County in 1991 by then-Gov. Mario Cuomo. He was proud to serve the millions of people of Queens for 28 years and was re-elected to seven terms in office. He started one of the State’s first Drug Courts, as well as Mental Health Courts and a Veterans Court which were duplicated across the country.

Many programs followed—a Domestic Violence Bureau, the Office of Immigrant Affairs,the Animal Cruelty Unit and most recently the Queens Treatment Intervention Program created to address the scourge of opioid addiction.

Funeral services for Brown were held Monday, May 6, at The Reform Temple of Forest Hills in Queens.