Gary Rosa kicks off campaign with Delhi speech

Delhi — “Justice requires doing that which is fair, regardless of public opinion, politics or the parties involved.”

With these words, Town of Middletown Justice Gary Rosa kicked-off his campaign for Delaware County Judge, delivering a 1 p.m. formal speech from the gazebo in front of the Delaware County Courthouse in Delhi on Saturday.

About 25 well-wishers and passers-by listened as Judge Rosa spoke on “The American Justice System from a Small Town Perspective.”

“Those using our Delaware County courts aren’t nameless, faceless litigants,” he asserted, ‘they are our neighbors. They are my neighbors. But for the grace of God, there go I.”
Rosa is a Margaretville attorney who has served the past 20 years on the Town of Middletown Court. In March, he announced his intention to run for County Judge, receiving the unanimous endorsement of the Delaware County Democratic Committee.

Delaware County Judge Carl Becker, of Stamford, a Republican, is seeking re-election.

Judge Rosa’s speech focused on the demeanor and temperament required in a  judge.
“I have always admired retired State Supreme Court Justice Carl Mugglin of Walton,” Rosa said, “because he treated everyone, lawyer and litigant, with respect. His demeanor helped to put those before him at ease and to alleviate a stressful time.”

Candidate Rosa began a busy Memorial Day Saturday with breakfast at TA’s Restaurant in Walton, spending several hours greeting voters in that village, before arriving in Delhi.
After the speech, Rosa traveled to Fleischmanns, where he enjoyed that village’s annual Memorial Day street fair.

Later that afternoon, in Margaretville, 90 friends and neighbors celebrated Rosa’s campaign kick-off with an old-fashioned hot-dog roast, under a tent, at the home of Mike and Becky Porter.