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Posted on: April 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Greenburgh mourns the loss of former State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky of coronavirus

Greenburgh mourns the loss of former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky who died after experiencing symptoms consistent with coronavirus.

The town of Greenburgh mourns the passing of former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky who died after experiencing symptoms consistent with coronavirus. Richard was 73 years old and had represented Greenburgh in the State Assembly from 1883 to 2010. Richard was a former County Legislator.

Richard was a brilliant public servant and a hard working and dedicated leader who fought hard for Greenburgh during his life. He mentored many public officials and was known for his independence. He was an effective watchdog of taxpayer dollars who was respected by leaders in Albany, Washington and locally. He pushed for numerous changes in state and local governments and devoted his life to helping others.  Richard fought against the state’s Public Authorities and pushed for a more open government.He persuaded the Legislature to create the Public Authorities Control Board to install oversight over unelected Boards.

In recent years Richard wrote columns for the Times Union in Albany and the Huffington Post. He graduated from Harvard Law School, attended Brandeis University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in politics. I first met Richard when he was an advisor to former Westchester County Executive Alfred Del Bello. 

Richard’s heart was always in Greenburgh. His house, built in 1793 (although its foundation dates all the way back to 1684) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the late 18th and 19th centuries it served as Greenburgh Town Hall, a historical significance that Richard enjoyed talking about.

Our sympathies to Paige, his wife, Emilyn and Willie - his two daughters.   Richard will never be forgotten. The Town Board will pay tribute to Richard’s life and contributions at an upcoming meeting.

PAUL FEINER

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