Former Corporation Counsel of White Plains Memorial Service

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WPCNR MILESTONES. June 1, 2016:

A Memorial Service is being held Wednesday morning observing the death of Charles A. Bradley III of Briarcliff Manor, an attorney and former Corporation Counsel of the City of White Plains,  who devoted much of his career to public service in municipal and state governance, died at home on May 23, 2016 after a long illness.

He was 82. Born in Boston, MA and raised in Corning. N.Y., he was a graduate of Phillips Academy (Andover), Williams College, and the University of Virginia Law School.He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1958 and joined a law firm in Elmira, N. Y., also serving as Justice of the Peace for two years, followed by service as Town Attorney and then as Town Supervisor for six years. He was appointed Chemung County assistant district attorney and was appointed to the staff of the Attorney General of New York State to serve on the Organized Crime Task Force created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. He was assigned as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the investigation of the Attica prison riot in 1971. Following that assignment, he joined the staff of the Attorney General’s office in New York City where he represented a host of state agencies in state and federal courts.

Bradley resigned from the Attorney General’s office to become Corporation Counsel for the City of White Plains in 1979. In that post, he won significant cases on the City’s behalf. He was a member of the Westchester County Bar Association and once assisted with its continuing education program.

He retired as Corporation Counsel in 1985 and returned to private practice for several years. In 2001 he served as Acting Village Manager of Briarcliff Manor where he was responsible for overseeing the completion of the renovation of Law Park.

In retirement, he served with avid interest and great enthusiasm for more than a decade as a docent at Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate in Sleepy Hollow, and as a part-time archivist at the Rockefeller Archive Center.

Bradley was predeceased by his parents, Katherine Rose Bradley and Charles A. Bradley Jr. and a twin brother, William Edward Bradley, all of Corning, NY; he was also predeceased by two brothers in law.

His survivors include his beloved wife of 34 years, Eileen Oakley Bradley, and daughter Jennifer C. Earl of Briarcliff Manor; daughters Margaret Bradley Van Orman and her husband of Stroudsburg, PA and Katherine Bradley Irwin and her husband of Mouth of Wilson, VA, son Charles A. Bradley IV and his wife of Virginia Beach, VA; and sister Susan Bradley Lee of Buffalo, NY and brother Peter Bradley and his wife of Saint Paul, MN. He is also survived by five grandchildren and two nieces and two nephews. In addition, he is survived by his mother in law, five sisters in law, four brothers in law and their children and grandchildren.

Charley greatly enjoyed and valued the time he spent with all members of his family, his friends and his colleagues. His keen intelligence, wit and sense of humor will be missed by all.The family wishes to extend special thanks to members of his care team, especially Happerline, Cecilia, Jesse and Luanna, as well as the staff at Phelps Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations to Phelps Hospice or Historic Hudson Valley/Kykuit would be greatly appreciated.

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