Brooklyn mourns the loss of veteran chief clerk Daniel Alessandrino

June 6, 2024 Robert Abruzzese, Courthouse Editor
Daniel Alessandrino, chief clerk of the Supreme Court, Criminal Term. Brooklyn Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese.
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Daniel Alessandrino, a respected figure in the Brooklyn Supreme Court, Criminal Term, and a dedicated court officer for more than 51 years passed away on the morning of June 4, 2024.

Alessandrino’s career in the court system was both extensive and distinguished. Born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn, he initially aspired to follow in his father’s footsteps as a commercial artist. However, after not being accepted into Cooper Union, Alessandrino shifted his focus and began a career as a court officer at the age of 20 in 1973. This decision marked the beginning of a remarkable journey through the New York court system.

Throughout his tenure, Alessandrino held nine official titles and numerous unofficial roles, contributing significantly to the courts’ operations. His roles ranged from clerk positions in various courts to director of personnel for the NYC Criminal Court and chief court officer of the Family Court citywide. In 2010, he was appointed chief clerk of the Brooklyn Supreme Court, Criminal Term, a position he held with distinction for 14 years.

Justice Barry Kamins, former administrative judge of the Criminal Term, Alessandrino’s former boss, once told the Brooklyn Eagle: “When you’re hiring a chief clerk, you’re looking for someone who is knowledgeable about the court system and who has as much experience as possible. You want someone trustworthy and reliable, and Dan fills all of those categories.”

As chief clerk, Alessandrino was responsible for the day-to-day operations of one of the busiest criminal courthouses in the nation. He handled everything from policy implementation to managing emergencies like blizzards and hurricanes. His leadership was pivotal during high-profile cases and significant changes within the court system.

Despite his professional success, Alessandrino never lost sight of his personal passions. Though he gave up his artistic pursuits, he found joy in fishing and archery and cherished time spent with his wife and two grandchildren. His commitment to his family and his work remained unwavering until his passing.

Alessandrino’s legacy is one of dedication, leadership and service. As Hon. Matthew J. D’Emic, Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters, noted upon Alessandrino’s retirement earlier this year, “The leadership and vision that he has provided while managing Kings Supreme Criminal Term have helped us to cement our place as a model court in many respects.”

Daniel Alessandrino, chief clerk of Brooklyn Supreme Court, Criminal Term, served more than 51 years in the New York court system. Eagle file photo by Mario Belluomo
Daniel Alessandrino, chief clerk of Brooklyn Supreme Court, Criminal Term, served more than 51 years in the New York court system. Eagle file photo by Mario Belluomo

The Kings County Supreme Court’s Equal Justice Committee held a Pride event at the Surrogate’s Court. Alessandrino was a member of the committee, and nearly any day of the past 51 years, he would have been taking part in the event. However, on this day, a void was held. Justice Quinones, chair of the committee, took a brief moment to reflect on his passing. 

“I ask that you please keep Danny’s family in your thoughts and prayers,” Judge Quinones said before holding a moment of silence. 

“He was a great chief clerk,” Judge Matthew Sciarrino said. “I think everyone took it hard when he had to leave the courtroom, and now to get this news just a few weeks later is even harder. Everyone there will certainly miss him.”

Services for Daniel Alessandrino will be held at Scarpaci Funeral Home in Brooklyn on June 6, with a funeral mass at St. Frances Cabrini Roman Catholic Church on June 7, followed by interment at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in his name.

Alessandrino’s impact on the Brooklyn court system and the people who worked alongside him will be felt for years to come, marking the end of an era for the Brooklyn Supreme Court, Criminal Term.

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