A New York City prosecutor and judge whose 40-plus years in criminal justice stretched from the gritty “Mean Streets” era of the 1970s to today’s opioid crisis has died at the age of 86.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown died Friday, Chief Assistant District Attorney John M. Ryan announced Saturday. Ryan will serve as acting DA.
Brown was first appointed district attorney in 1991 by then-Gov. Mario Cuomo, a Democrat. He was re-elected to six terms in office, running unopposed.
Brown announced in January that he would not seek re-election but would serve out the end of his term. Then in March, he said he would step down on June 1 because of health problems associated with Parkinson’s disease.