Brooklyn and Manhattan get new Senate-confirmed federal prosecutors

The Senate confirmed late Tuesday the appointment of two new US attorneys in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Damian Williams, 41, was confirmed to be the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan, while Bron Peace was confirmed to be based in Brooklyn and for the Eastern District, including Long Island. Both will still have to take the oath before taking their new office.

Williams — currently the head of the securities and commodities unit at the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office — will be the first black person to take the role.

He will replace Audrey Strauss, the mother-in-law of Melissa DeRosa, who is the top aide to discredit the ex-gov. Andrew Cuomo. DeRosa admitted to covering up state nursing home deaths from COVID-19 so that the actual numbers could not be “used against us” by federal prosecutors during the Trump administration.

Peace – a former assistant US attorney from Brooklyn who currently works at the law firm Clary Gottlieb – is slated to replace Brooklyn US Attorney Jacqueline Kasulis. The Office and the FBI in particular are reviewing the Cuomo Nursing Home scandal.

Brian Peace
Brion Peace was confirmed to be the US Attorney for the Eastern District, including Brooklyn and Long Island.
Cleary Gottlieb

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, one of the nation’s premier offices,” Kasulis said in a statement. “Our office is excited to welcome US Attorney Brian Peace, who we all know will do an excellent job to lead the office.”

Williams and Peace were recommended for powerful positions by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in March.

“Damian Williams and Brian Peace have both dedicated their careers to equal justice under the law,” Schumer said in a statement. “They will bring to their respective positions a passion for the rule of law, civil rights and justice, as well as profound integrity and expertise in their offices.”

The statement continued, “I am particularly proud to recommend the first African American to lead the most consequential prosecuting office in America, the Southern District.” “I am confident that these prosecutors will work hard to combat wrongdoing in all its forms in a fair and focused manner.”

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