Justice Robert O. Brink was born in Binghamton on October 21, 1896. He was educated in the local public schools and graduated from Binghamton Central High School in 1914. During 1914 and 1915, he was a newspaper reporter on The Binghamton Republican. In 1915, he studied law in the office of W.J. and F.W. Walsh. From 1916 to 1925, he was associated with Harry J. Hennessey, Esq., before taking over that practice. In 1939, he formed a partnership with his brother. In 1942, he was elected Broome County District Attorney and was re-elected once, for a total of eight years service. On December 31, 1950, Gov. Dewey appointed him to the office of Broome County Judge. He was elected to that office for a six year term in 1951 and re-elected in 1957. In 1961, he was elected to the Supreme Court. He served on the Appellate Division in 1966, from November 17 to December 31. He died on February 21, 1974.