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John Ryan, left, and Richard Brown in 2016. Photo: Courtesy of Queens DA

When Queens District Attorney Richard Brown steps down from his post on June 1, he will turn control of his office over to his longtime right-hand man John Ryan, a veteran prosecutor who Brown calls a “close and trusted friend,” until a new district attorney is elected.

Brown, 86, who has served as Queens DA since 1991, announced on March 7 that he will resign before his term ends, citing health reasons; he suffers from Parkinson’s disease. He previously announced that he would not seek an eighth term for his seat, which has touched off what is already shaping up to be a competitive Democratic primary to succeed him.

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Andrew Denney

Andrew Denney is a New York-based reporter covering litigation and other news from the federal and state courts. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter: @messagetime

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