CHIEF ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY
PAUL A. CAPOFARI
In 1990, Capofari was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and assigned to West Point to teach law. While on the faculty, he was twice named the NUI honor instructor and co-authored the text book, “Constitutional Law for the Citizen-Soldier.” He retired from the Army after 21 years of service in 1993 and returned to Staten Island to work in the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office. During his 19 years, ADA Capofari prosecuted People v. Papapietro, a drug ring that was responsible for bringing 50 kilograms of cocaine to Staten Island each year; People v. DiRubbio & Merolle, two police officers convicted of official misconduct and kicked off the police force for their role in the notorious “Untouchables” car theft ring; and was assigned as lead counsel in the prosecution of Ronell Wilson, who assassinated two undercover police officers in 2003. He was eventually promoted to Chief of the Supreme Court Bureau and supervised ADAs prosecuting felonies including shootings, burglaries, robberies, and narcotics. His most satisfying prosecution was that of a local builder who ordered a 15-foot deep trench dug without any proper reinforcement. The trench collapsed, killing one worker and injuring another. The case was the first homicide conviction in New York for a construction trench collapse.
In 2012, Capofari left the prosecutor’s office to establish a law firm with his son. Three years later, he has heeded the call to return to public service and is once again with the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office, working as the Chief Assistant DA.
Capofari met his wife Sharon in high school; they live on Staten Island, have four grown children and eleven grandchildren.