CHIEF ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY
PAUL A. CAPOFARI
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.