PAUL A. CAPOFARI  CHIEF ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY
PAUL A. CAPOFARI  CHIEF ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY

CHIEF ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY

PAUL A. CAPOFARI

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Paul A. Capofari is a native Staten Islander who attended St. Mary of the Assumption School and graduated from Port Richmond High School.

He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1972 and was assigned to the 25th Division at Schofield Barracks Hawaii. After five years of infantry service, Capofari was selected to be part of the Army funded legal education program and attended New York Law School. He graduated cum laude in 1980 and joined the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, assigned to various posts throughout the United States. While working at the Pentagon in 1988, then Major Capofari wrote the Army AIDS policy and appeared as a witness before the President’s Commission on the HIV epidemic. He was also assigned to the Office of the White House Counsel during the trials in the Iran-Contra affair where he worked on the Classified Information Procedures Act. 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 many cases. 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.

Capofari has been a strong supporter of mental health. He has served on the board of directors of the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a grassroots organization offering advocacy, support, and education to those with mental illness and their families. He served as the President of the NY State organization for a short period of time. He is proud of his role in the establishment of a Mental Health Court here on Staten Island.

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 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.

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