Best Service Winner: Gary Rosa, Attorney
Attorney Gary Rosa hung his shingle out on Main Street in Margaretville in 1987. Since then he has provided all types of legal service for folks from all over the region, especially, he says, those from Andes, Bovina, and Roxbury.
Andes, Bovina and Roxbury. He has no idea why that is, but he is certainly not complaining.
“They’ve always been good to me,” he said. “I like to think it’s because they like the service.”
They probably do. Rosa prefers to keep his practice small; it’s just him and his longtime secretary, Helene Hunter, handling real estate transactions, estate planning, and most other functions one would expect a small-town law practice to handle.
Looking back...and ahead
This week, after being voted best attorney in the Catskill Mountain News Best Annual Service Contest, Rosa took a moment and spoke with the newspaper about his past, present and future.
But before jumping into things, he backs up to his service and what people might like about it. Helene Hunter plays a big role. “Oh absolutely. Without question,” he says.
A native of the Margaretville, Rosa has, for the past 24 years, counseled clients in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate, including sales, purchases and financing. He also specializes in estate planning and will preparation and the probate and administration of estates.
He received a Juris Doctor Degree from Albany Law School in 1985. He was admitted to practice law in New York State and in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York in January, 1986. Rosa is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Magistrates’ Association and is currently secretary of the Delaware County Bar Association.
Rosa has also served as a Town Justice for the Town of Middletown since 1992. Because he holds that elected position, Rosa stays away from criminal law in his practice. “Being a judge limits what I can do,” he said.
But he doesn’t mind. It’s all about the service. He also doesn’t mind it when he does pro-bono work for the local fire department, the Fairview Library or the Town of Middletown Historical Society.
From a large extended family that has long given public service to the people of Delaware County, Gary is married to Lori Rosa, Global History teacher at Walton Central School. They’ve raised four grown children: Ryan, 27, a former Marine who completed two tours in Afghanistan; Brendan, 26, an Army Reservist; Andrew, 23, a graduate in architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston; and Katie, 20, a junior at Denison University in Ohio.
Strong intellect, experience
Those who know him well describe Rosa as a man of intelligence, with a thorough knowledge of the law, and a commitment to justice and fair play. They say he has an understanding of, and compassion for, the people of Delaware County and that those qualities have been well represented in his tenure as Town of Middletown Judge. So much so that in 2012 Rosa made a run Delaware County Judge and was only narrowly defeated by incumbent Carl Becker.
The way Rosa sees’s it, being a judge is the ultimate public service to which an attorney can aspire. “Becoming a judge is something on the back of every lawyer’s mind,” he said.
Then he said that Judge Becker’s term on that bench comes to and end in 2018. Becker will enter mandatory retirement due to his age at that time.
So, does Rosa wish to make any announcements about running in four years?
“No, but I haven’t thrown away my campaign signs,” he says.