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2017-12-07 / Front Page

New town justice to be appointed


de Rosas de Rosas The Town of Orchard Park is set to appoint a new town justice with Town Justice Lynn Keane heading to the State Supreme Court in January.

The Town Board was expected to appoint Jorge de Rosas during Wednesday night’s Town Board meeting. The newcomer would join Town Justice Edward Pace as the two justices hearing cases in Orchard Park.

Beginning in January 2016, de Rosas served as a principal law clerk to State Supreme Court Justice Emilio Colaiacovo. In this role, de Rosas provided assistance to the justice by researching issues before the court, writing opinions and aiding the justice in making legal determinations.

During his career, de Rosas has worked for a variety of law firms as an attorney, while also spending time as an assistant attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office - Western District of New York and as an assistant district attorney in the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. He has a background in criminal, matrimonial, real property tax and family law.

Councilman Michael Sherry said de Rosas was the only individual to send a cover letter and resume for the opening once it was known after the November election that Keane would be leaving the position.

Sherry said de Rosas will inherit the remainder of Keane’s term and be up for election in November. Sherry added that de Rosas will take over during the first few weeks of January and said the reason for the appointment in December is to provide time for a smooth transition in the court.

Citing the prospective appointee’s extensive background in law, Sherry believes de Rosas, who received his juris doctorate from the University at Buffalo School of Law, will be a good fit for the court.

“If you look at the experience he’s had for the last 18 years at attorney firms, as well as the Erie County District Attorney’s Office ... he was someone you recognize as a very capable and devoted person,” Sherry said. “He has a great breadth of experience.”

Sherry said de Rosas is an asset to the court with being fluent in Spanish, as many courts have to bring in interpreters for certain cases.

Sherry thanked Keane for her service, which began in 2011.

“All I’ve ever heard is she’s very conscientious, intelligent and reasonable,” he said. “She runs a good court. Obviously that’s why she’s moving on to a higher court.”

De Rosas was expected to be in attendance at the meeting to accept the appointment.

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