Dennis Quirk celebrated for half a century of service as court officers salute his retirement

November 10, 2023 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
Dennis Quirk receives a warm handshake as he strolls down the closed Centre Street, flanked by court officers from the union he led for five decades.Photos: Mario Belluomo/Brooklyn Eagle
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After a venerable 50-year tenure as president of the New York State Court Officers Association, Dennis Quirk received an extraordinary send-off to mark his retirement last Thursday, Nov. 2. 

In an unprecedented gesture, Centre Street in Manhattan was closed down as scores of court officers gathered to honor the legacy of a man who has been instrumental in shaping their ranks.

The farewell event was nothing short of historic, reflecting the deep respect and admiration for Quirk, who has been a pivotal figure in the court system since the days of President Jimmy Carter. Under his leadership, he has overseen the hiring and training of virtually every court officer in Brooklyn, leaving an indelible mark on the judiciary.

As Quirk walked down Centre Street, he was greeted by handshakes and applause from union members, a testament to his long-standing influence and dedication.

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