Queens District Attorney Richard Brown
By Michael V. Cusenza
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown on Monday morning successfully underwent a minimally invasive heart valve procedure in Manhattan, according to his spokesman.
The surgery was performed on a non-emergency basis by Dr. Mathew Williams, who heads the structural and heart valve program at NYU Langone Medical Center, Kevin Ryan said.
“It is anticipated that District Attorney Brown will be released from the hospital in a couple of days. He is resting comfortably and is expected to recover fully,” Ryan added.
Brown, 84, has been under cardiologists’ care since undergoing quadruple-bypass surgery in 1998.
On the first day of June 2016, “Judge Brown” marked the completion of his 25th year as the borough’s prosecutor. Brown first took office on June 1, 1991, when then-Gov. Mario Cuomo appointed him the interim Queens DA to succeed John Santucci. At the time, Brown was serving as an associate justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department – the State’s second-highest court.
“Since 1991, I have had the honor and privilege of serving as the District Attorney for Queens County and look forward to continuing to work to improve the lives of its 2.2 million residents,” Brown said last year. “Through the years I have been able to help prevent crime and to build stronger and safer communities. Nothing has been quite as rewarding to me as knowing that I have been able to make a significant difference.”