Toni Bean, second African American woman to serve as Suffolk district judge, dies
Lifelong Amityville resident Toni A. Bean, the second African American woman to serve as a Suffolk County District Court judge and a mentor to young lawyers of color, died on Saturday. Bean succumbed to a recent illness, her family said. She was 62.
In June 2004, Bean was appointed to Suffolk's district court by then-County Executive Steve Levy and was later elected in November. She followed Judge Francel Trotter Bellinger, of North Babylon, as the second African American woman to serve in that capacity.
Bean dealt with many cases including domestic violence and probation violations, her former colleague Derrick J. Robinson said, and she always handled them with “dignity and fairness” — a staple of the way she lived her...| read more ››