Orange Values. Orange Integrity.
My family and my mentors taught me the simple truth that being a public servant means serving the public. That is what I have strived to do, with integrity, honesty, and dedication, as an active member of this community and throughout my legal career. In doing so, I am proud to have earned a reputation for these qualities – a reputation I feel makes me a strong candidate for Orange County Court Judge.
Roots don’t get any deeper than those set in the black dirt of Pine Island, where my father and grandfather were farmers. My grandfather also was an Orange County Legislator and Town Supervisor in Warwick. My great uncle sat on the Orange County Republican Committee in Warwick right up until he passed away two years ago. After farming, my dad became a local union telephone company worker for more than 30 years.
I married my Pine Bush High School sweetheart, Emily Rivera Brown, who now is a pediatrician in Middletown. More importantly, she is the perfect mother to our four children, Olivia Faith, Madison Grace, Isabella Hope, and Craig Vincent.
I am seeking the position of Orange County Court Judge because I want to give back to the community where I was raised; the community where I chose to raise my own family.
I believe this unique opportunity to be a public servant as County Court Judge is where my 20-year legal career has been leading me all along. I began my career in New York City, serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens. My hard work, dedication, and exemplary record permitted me to rise quickly through the office. After nearly five years of service, I was a trial attorney in the Special Victims Unit, specializing in Domestic Violence prosecutions.
When Emily and I were starting our family, we returned to our Orange County roots. I was commuting to Manhattan where I was in private practice, but within months after the birth of our first child, I joined the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The experience I brought with me from Queens resulted in me being placed immediately into the Violent Felony Unit as a trial attorney. Within six months, I was the unit’s supervisory attorney.
For nearly eight years, I have continued to expand my experience in criminal law as a trial attorney in the law firm of Larkin, Ingrassia & Brown, LLP – a firm that had not made a Partner in over ten years prior to my arrival. While practicing as a criminal defense attorney, I was appointed as Acting District Attorney, serving as a Special Prosecutor in both Ulster and Rockland Counties. Those appointments, made by the sitting judge upon the recommendation of the respective District Attorneys, speak to my reputation, character, and abilities as an attorney.
I have dedicated my entire career, both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, to criminal law, and have appeared in County and Supreme Courts on a nearly daily basis. Regardless of my role, the principles of equity, balance, and truth have always rung true.
The great pride I have in my professional achievements remains second to my abiding respect for the law and the protection it affords us all.
Should I earn the trust and votes it takes to be elected, I will bring one goal to the office of County Court Judge: Do right by the people in our community, ever vigilant of these values.