Albany — The New York State Senate paused from its duties on Tuesday to take a few moments to remember the late Christopher J. Mega, who was once an important member of the legislature.
Mega, who died Oct. 30 after a long illness, served as an assemblyman, then a state senator, and was eventually elevated to the bench, serving as a New York State Supreme Court justice until his retirement.
State Sen. Marty Golden, a friend of Mega, led the tribute to the late justice in the state Senate chamber and introduced a resolution honoring Mega. As Mega’s widow Madelyn and members of the late justice’s family looked on from the Senate gallery, the Senate voted unanimously to approve the measure.
The resolution, which is now part of the permanent record of the state, commemorated the life of Christopher Mega.
Mega, a longtime Bay Ridge resident, was a graduate of Fort Hamilton High School, St. Francis College, and Brooklyn Law School.
“Today, I introduce a resolution to remember the life of one who served in the New York State Senate, to posthumously honor the late Christopher J. Mega, a man who I was so privileged to have known and worked with for so many years. Chris Mega, a former New York state senator, assemblyman and state judge, died this past fall. With his death, New York State lost a giant. A true public servant. A man who, like no other, served the people of Brooklyn, New York City and the Empire State with dignity and good will,” Golden told his Senate colleagues.
“Chris is survived by his wife, Madelyn, his twin sons, Christopher and Jeffrey, two daughters, Valerie (and her husband Joe) and Jacqueline, as well as grandchildren, one of whom is here today, his granddaughter Victoria. To the Mega Family, I say welcome back to the state Senate, where your husband, your father and your grandfather, served New York so well. Today, I proudly offer this tribute so to remember the good works and the extraordinary record of public service of that of the one and only Chris Mega,” Golden said.
“If you called upon Chris Mega to help you, he tried everything possible to make sure you got the assistance necessary. And when Chris Mega sat on the bench, he was an honest jurist who truly believed in the Constitution and dedicated himself to the practice and good of the law,” Golden said. “You never heard a bad word spoken about Chris Mega.”