There is also a time to show compassion, he said. “You have to have the range to say the things that need to be said for the good of society.”
Rosa, 52, has been Middletown Court judge for 20 years. He began his general and family law practice in Margaretville in 1988. He lives in New Kingston.
“I’m born and raised in Delaware County, and I have a feeling we all owe something back to the community,” he said about why he is in the race. “Being a judge is what I have to offer.”
He is running now because with a 10-year term, there is a window when he has enough experience, and term limits won’t have an impact, he said.
Serving a full term takes politics out of the system as much as possible, he said.
“Judges are human,” but in his 20 years he has never lost his temper on the bench. A judge should show “dispassion,” he said.
As a long-serving attorney, he has experience in all levels of county court, except Drug Court. As a judge, he has many years of experience listening to both sides of an issue and deciding who is telling the truth. A local judge gets to hear a wider range of cases than a county judge does, he said. Both he and his opponent have the same “qualified” rating from the state Independent Judicial Qualification Commission, he said.