Richard Schwartz, a 25-year veteran of the state attorney general’s office, was killed during the rash of thunderstorms that swept across much of New York yesterday.
Schwartz, 61, an assistant attorney general, was struck but a scaffolding that collapsed after a Brooklyn chapel was hit with lightning, according to various reports.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released this statement today:
“I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Assistant Attorney General Richard Schwartz who was tragically killed last night as a result of the storm. For over 25 years, Richard served the people of New York State with integrity as an expert antitrust lawyer in the Office of the Attorney General’s economic justice division. New York is a better place because of Richard’s commitment to fairness and legal excellence. Richard’s loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers as we mourn the untimely loss of one of our own.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was attorney general from 2007 through 2010, weighed in as well:
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I would like to express my sympathy to the loved ones of Assistant Attorney General Richard Schwartz, who tragically lost his life during last night’s severe storm. Richard was a dedicated public servant and attorney who served the State of New York in the Office of the Attorney General for over 25 years. His commitment to placing the needs of New Yorkers above all else will be remembered and cherished. His work ethic and his passion were an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues with whom he worked during his many years in State service.”
And former Attorney General Robert Abrams — who appointed Schwartz — shares his thoughts:
“When I appointed Richard Schwartz in 1988 as an assistant attorney general I knew he had talent and great potential for service to the people of the state of New York. His dedicated 25 years of stalwart efforts enforcing anti-trust laws helped provide New Yorkers a marketplace free of anti-competitive practices. In Richard Schwartz consumers had a true champion. He will be remembered and sorely missed.”