Remembering Hope Reichbach

hopereichbach222  Remembering Hope ReichbachBrooklyn 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.”

Morning Read: Millions Misspent, Storm Hits Upstate

3  Morning Read: Millions Misspent, Storm Hits Upstate
Observer-Dispatch, Friday, April 29, 2011

Cuomo and Obama: Not in the spotlight together. [Ken Lovett]

Hope Reichbach: Daughter of prominent Brooklyn judge. [NY Post]

Hope Reichbach: Wrote about “wanting to unite her generation and help build a stronger Democratic party in Brooklyn.” [Shimon Prokupecz and Jonathan Dienst]

Hope Reichbach: In her own words. [BrooklynHeightsblog.com]

Hope Reichbach: “wonderful, vivacious, and tough young woman and a beautiful soul” said Councilman Levin. [Bill Hutchinson]

Hope Reichbach: As a candidate, she charmed a critic. [Gatemouth]

Same-Sex Marriage: Some Yes votes in Assembly have departed. [Stephanie Lee]

Same-Sex Marriage: Business leaders to release letter in support. [Nick Confessore]

Spying Judges: $600,000 settlement reached days before trail; top administrative judge allegedly ordered  clerk to spy on colleagues. [John O’Brien]

Town Hall: Rep. Grimm chided for supporting Paul Ryan budget. [Judy Randall]

Stolen Money: $3.6 million taken from NYC Dept. of Ed; “second time in less than a year that federal prosecutors accused consultants hired by the city of multimillion dollar thefts.” [Tamer el-Ghobshy]

Stolen Money: “Lanham Enterprises allegedly was paid $5.3 million for consulting work that cost his company only $1.7 million.” [NY Daily News]

Stolen Money: “investigation revealed another embarrassing lack of supervision in one of the city’s technology projects.” [Fernanda Santos]

State Audit: Millions wasted. [Fred Dicker and Brendan Scott]

State Audit: Paying for 850 toll-free numbers, many unused. [Nick Confessore]

Ticket Fixing: Assistant DA in Bronx had a DWI arrest erased; the ADA not part of unit probing ticket scandal.[Kevin Deutsch and Rocco Parascandola]

Ticket Fixing: Criminal cases could be compromised. [Bob Kappstatter and Rocco Parascandola]

Last In, First Out: UFT boss rejects effort to survey members. [Carl Campanile]

Storm: “Waist-high on some city streets.” [Observer-Dispatch]

Power Authority: LIPA Chairman wants to private the organization. [Mark Harrington]

Trump: Records contradict his comments about military draft. [Bill Hutchinson]

Trump: “Thursday night’s event oozed with Trumpian excess.” [Michael Barbaro]

Report: Council Aide Hope Reichbach, 22, Dead

hope222  Report: Council Aide Hope Reichbach, 22, DeadGersh Kuntzman and Thomas Tracy:

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.