Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is mourning the death of 22-year-old City Council aide Hope Reichbach, who was found dead in her apartment yesterday afternoon.
“All of Brooklyn’s thoughts and prayers are with Hope’s parents, Judge Gustin Reichbach and Ellen Meyers, her friends, and of course, my condolences to Councilman Levin and his staff. Here at Borough Hall we had the good fortune of working with Hope, who was a committed and passionate public servant. She truly will be missed.”
One reader emailed me and said, “I don’t think I’ve ever been so freaked about the death of someone I knew so casually” describing Reichbach as “smart, vivacious, full of life.”
Update: Rep. Nydia Velazquez:
“Today Brooklyn lost not only a rising star but a dedicated civic servant. A natural for public service, Hope Reichbach was a young woman with many dreams and so much promise. My thoughts are with her parents Ellen and Gus and with all those whose lives she touched.”
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Hope Reichbach, a rising star 22-year-old in city politics and a key aide to Councilman Steve Levin, was discovered dead inside her Schermerhorn Street apartment on Thursday.
Police were called to the apartment near Hoyt Street at 2:35 pm and found Reichbach, the daughter of prominent Judge Gustin Reichbach who was just starting her own political career, lying on a bed. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of death was not immediately released, but a source said Reichbach died of an overdose of prescription drugs. An autopsy was scheduled to take place on Friday.