Friends, family, and elected officials gathered in Queens on Tuesday to remember the borough's longtime district attorney, Richard Brown.
Brown's funeral procession made its way from the Queens Courthouse to the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, where hundreds of people packed in to say their final goodbyes.
"Some people, as they leave us, can know that their legacy lives on, and this is so true of Judge Brown," Mayor Bill de Blasio said during the eulogy. "His legacy lives on in his beautiful family. His legacy lives on because Queens is a safer place."
"He was a giant among elected officials here in Queens County — small in stature, but a giant. He often quipped, and I always laughed, he said, 'When I started in politics, I was as tall as Joe Crowley," the former congressman said outside the temple.
Brown — who served nearly 28 years as Queens's top prosecutor since then-governor Mario Cuomo appointed him to the post in 1991— passed away Saturday at the age of 86. He had planned to step down as district attorney due to health issues related to Parkinson's disease. He won re-election six times, running unopposed.
He spent a number of years as a judge, which earned him the nickname "Judge Brown" even after he became the district attorney.
His lengthy career included prosecuting a number of high-profile cases, and presiding over the arraignment of the "Son of Sam" killer David Berkowitz in 1977.
Brown had hoped he would become the city's longest serving district attorney, but he fell short of the 34 years his friend, Robert Morgenthau, served as the district attorney of Manhattan.
Brown announced he was not running for re-election earlier this year due to health issues. A number of candidates have been campaigning to become the new Queens DA.