Office Currently Closed to the General Public

In the interest of helping to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the office of the Richmond County Public Administrator is currently closed to the general public. However, our programs and services remain OPEN. We recognize that these are challenging times and we appreciate your understanding. For more information, please call our office at 718-876-7228 or review our website

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Welcome to the Richmond County Public Administrator Web site

Unclaimed Funds
    The New York State Comptroller's Office holds billions of dollars in unclaimed funds from bank accounts, stocks and bonds, utility deposits, tax refunds, inheritances, etc.  To see if any of that money belongs to you and to submit a claim, go to the NY State Comptroller's website and select "Search for Unclaimed Funds Now."
Staten Island Ferry and Statue of Liberty

Staten Island Ferry and Statue of Liberty

Vendor Opportunities

    Get a list of the services required on behalf of estates administered by the Richmond County Public Administrator’s Office, and apply to become a provider.

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Historic Richmond Town

Historic Richmond Town

Estate Sales

    Find out about upcoming and past estate sales sponsored by the Richmond County Public Administrator’s Office.  Better yet, get on our e-mail list to be notified automatically.

Alice Austen House

Alice Austen House

Staten Island Museum

Staten Island Museum


    Download the forms necessary to notify the Public Administrator’s Office of a Death, to file a claim against an estate, etc.


Richmond County Public Administrator

The Public Administrator administers estates of deceased persons. There is a Public Administrator in every county in the City of New York. The Public Administrator's primary duty is to administer estates that would otherwise remain unadministered; to protect the decedent's property from waste, loss, or theft; to make appropriate burial arrangements when no close relative is available to make the decisions; to conduct thorough investigations to discover all assets; to liquidate assets at public sale or distribute assets to heirs; to pay the decedent's bills and taxes; and to locate persons entitled to inherit from the estate and ensure that the legal distributees receive their inheritance.

Learn more about the Richmond County Public Administrator
Download the Richmond County Public Administrator pamphlet

Join us Monday, November 15th, for a Digital Tribute premiering live at 7PM EDT on the Richmond County Public Administrator’s Facebook Page,

The Office of the Richmond County Public Administrator in connection with The Foundation for Dignity, Ltd., will be honoring:

  • The local funeral homes that have provided services to Staten Island’s Burial Program.
  • Elected officials who have supported Staten Island’s Burial Program.
  • Former Commissioner, Public Administrator John D. Kearney, the person who started it all.

Commissioner Kearney served as Staten Island’s Public Administrator for more than 20 years, from 1974 to 1996. He was known for his efforts in community causes as a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a board member of the Staten Island Zoo, and many, many more organizations.

You too can continue on this legacy for caring, by supporting and taking care of the Lost, the Least and the Left Behind!

Electronic donations may be made via PayPal on the Foundation for Dignity website, (PayPal link at bottom of homepage) or by check payable to: The Foundation for Dignity, 343 Jefferson Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10312.

A Digital Tribute In Memory of Public Administrator John Kearney

Estate Sales Information

To learn about past events, visit the Estate Sales page.