Head of Special Victims Unit in Staten Island Retires

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Yolanda Rudich retired Friday after serving as chief of the Staten Island District Attorney Office's Special Victims Bureau since 1993. The bureau handles sex crimes, child abuse, domestic violence, human trafficking and crimes against seniors.

Rudich, 63, said she looked forward to spending more time with her family but remains "passionate about doing the best and getting justice for the most vulnerable in our society," adding she was "so proud to wake up every morning and help people" as a prosecutor.

Some of her noteworthy cases include a manslaughter conviction against a mother whose daughter died of battered child syndrome and a wife who fatally shot her husband, a fire marshal. Rudich's career also included drafting legislation, such as the state's stalking laws, codified in Penal Law 120.45-120.60.

Rudich graduated from Rutgers University School of Law in Newark and was admitted in 1983. She joined the district attorney's office after four years clerking for Acting Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Alan Broomer.

"Throughout the years, Yolanda Rudich always demonstrated genuine care and concern for the victims and communities impacted by the crimes she prosecuted. She has proven herself as a skilled trial prosecutor time and time again, as well as an inspirational role model for other assistant district attorneys to look up to and learn from," Staten Island District Attorney Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. said in a statement.

Wanda DeOliveira, the office's chief trial counsel, will become the new special victims bureau chief. Assistant District Attorney Kyle Reeves, chief of the Supreme Court bureau, has been tapped as the new chief trial counsel.

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