Robert Brown, ex-assemblyman and mayor, dies

Robert L. Brown, who served as a State Assemblyman and as the Mayor of Orange, died yesterday. He was 62.

Brown was elected Mayor of Orange in 1988, and went to the Legislature in 1991, after redistricting moved incumbent Harry McEnroe (D-South Orange) to another district. He defeated Montclair Councilwoman Delores “Bobby” Reilly by a 2-1 margin in the primary in this safe Democratic district.

In 1993, Brown challenged incumbent Richard Codey in the Democratic Senate primary and lost by a 60%-40% margin. He lost his bid for re-election to a third term as Mayor in 1996 to Mims Hackett.

Robert Brown, ex-assemblyman and mayor, dies