Former Hempstead City Attorney Joe Ra Dies From COVID-19 – Williston Times



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Joe Ra, a former lawyer and city councilor for the city of Hempstead, died of COVID-19 in late November, according to multiple reports.

Ra was a member of the Hempstead government for nearly four decades and worked under five different supervisors. Her son, Ed, is currently a member of the State Assembly.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ra moved to Franklin Square in 1970, where he established a private law firm. Ra’s education comes from St. John’s University, where he received his bachelor’s and law degrees.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin said: “Joseph J. Ra was an institution of knowledge and a fountain of wisdom, ”he said on his Twitter account. “It has been an honor to work alongside him and I thank him for the years of guidance and guidance he has instilled in me and @HempsteadTown in general. He will be sorely missed, ”he continued.

Ra’s political career began as a deputy city attorney in 1984 before serving as a legal adviser to city council in 1989, according to several reports. He himself became a city councilor from 1994 to 1999, before being appointed city attorney for more than two decades. Ra retired from this role in 2020 to work as legal counsel to the Nassau County Elections Board.

Anthony D’Esposito, city councilor for the 4th district of Hempstead, said on his Twitter: “Today I lost a dear friend and @HempsteadTown prepares to say goodbye to a man who left America’s biggest city much better than he found it.

D’Esposito ended with: “Thank you for being you and for taking as much care as you have. Rest easy, Mr. Ra. Lots of love.”

The vigil was held on Friday, December 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and later from 7 to 9 p.m. at Franklin Funeral Home in Franklin Square. A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on December 4 at the St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church in Franklin Square.

Ra is survived by her children, Edward, Joseph and Jillian of Franklin Square, and her four grandsons. He is predeceased by his wife, Joanne, to whom he has been married for 35 years.



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