Citizens Crime Commission of New York City

A non-partisan non-profit organization working to make criminal justice
and public safety policies and practices more effective through innovation,
research, and education.

Board & Leadership

Richard M. Aborn

As president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, a non-partisan non-profit organization focused on criminal justice and public safety policies and practices, Richard Aborn draws on his wide experience in criminal prosecution and litigation, policy development, management and government affairs to promote the Crime Commission's agenda of making the criminal justice and public safety policies and practices of New York City more effective.

In his work at the Crime Commission, Mr. Aborn maintains a focus on the process of identifying problems, developing strategic responses, and implementing comprehensive, effective solutions. This approach often involves "silo busting"—the process of working across outmoded or counterproductive organizational barriers to achieve successful results.

Mr. Aborn also serves as president of Constantine & Aborn Advisory Services (CAAS), which advises police departments, criminal justice agencies, corporations and other organizations in the United States, Europe, and Latin America on high-level strategy and management issues.

Mr. Aborn previously served as the senior law enforcement advisor to the Democratic candidate for Mayor of New York in 2001. In that capacity, he developed a comprehensive criminal justice policy for the City of New York that would provide for greater coordination of governmental agencies in order to reduce crime and recidivism; wireless technology for police officers; and increased focus on firearms violence; and the establishment of a "311" program. Although Mr. Aborn's candidate lost the election, Mayor Michael Bloomberg implemented the proposed "311" program during his first term as Mayor.

In 1999, Mr. Aborn was commissioned by the Office of the Public Advocate of New York City to conduct an investigation of the New York City Police Department's (NYPD) disciplinary system as well as its response to civilian complaints of misconduct. The investigation received extensive media coverage and resulted in numerous recommendations to reduce police misconduct. He also investigated NYPD's disciplinary decisions concerning the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed individual shot 41 times by police, that year.

From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Aborn was president of Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady Campaign), the leading gun control advocacy organization in the United States. In this role, Mr. Aborn was one of the principal strategists behind the passage of the landmark Brady Bill and legislation banning assault weapons and large capacity clips. He has testified on Capitol Hill and before state and local legislatures regarding gun control and worked closely with the White House, the Justice Department and the Treasury Department. As one of the chief spokespersons for Handgun Control, Mr. Aborn appeared on numerous national and local television and radio shows.

Mr. Aborn also served as president of the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, where he worked with the New York City public school system to develop a one-of-a-kind program to reduce gun injuries as part of the curriculum. During his tenure at the Center, he also established a research division to evaluate and supervise studies testing the impact of gun control legislation.

Mr. Aborn was an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's office where he prosecuted major felonies, including homicides, from 1979 until 1984. In 1984 Mr. Aborn started the law firm of Aborn and Anesi where he managed complex litigation on behalf of victims of fraud on an international basis and assisted corporations seeking to eradicate internal corruption.

Mr. Aborn has lectured at the Law School of New York University, debated at the Yale Political Union, served as a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University as well as a consultant to the Ford Foundation. Mr. Aborn also serves on the Board of Directors of several not-for-profit organizations, and helps them to maximize their impact by developing substantive, measurable programs and by utilizing strategic skills to promote their issues.

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