Editor’s note: On Nov. 8, eight candidates are vying for four bench seats on the New York State Supreme Court in the Fifth Judicial District, made up of Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties. The Supreme Court is the highest trial court in the state for civil and criminal cases. The office has a 14-year term and contributes $210,900 per year. To help voters make an informed choice, we invited candidates to submit a letter to voters explaining why they think they are the best person for the job. Here is the letter from Mark R. Rose, one of four candidates running for the Republican and Conservative parties.
As a City Court Judge for 15 years, I am writing to ask the constituents of Central New York for their support in my run for Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
From my hometown of Little Falls to my college of Le Moyne in Syracuse, I love downtown New York. It would be an honor to serve the fifth judicial district.
The Fifth Judicial District includes Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego counties. Herkimer County is the only county without a state Supreme Court judge. In fact, while other counties have multiple judges, Herkimer County has been judgeless since 2011. It is disheartening to know that my home county, Herkimer, lacks representation in this most important branch of government.
Over the past 18 months, I have worked with others to make sure my name appears on the ballot. From the local verification process to the petition process to the court conferences, the process has been both long and rewarding. In addition to the party line endorsements, my candidacy is honored to be endorsed by multiple law enforcement officials and the Onondaga County Veterans Party. The county bar associations awarded my legal training with a “highly qualified” candidate rating.
To be a good judge, one must have a good judicial temperament. This temperament must be based on respect for the judicial system developed during the practice of law. As a municipal court judge over the past 15 years, I have presided over civil and criminal trials and have developed the temperament necessary to be a successful Supreme Court judge. Additionally, my judicial experience in the Unified Court System has been unique as it has also allowed me to pursue my private law practice.
As a lawyer for the past 30 years, I have served as city attorney, city attorney for three towns, village attorney for three villages, school attorney for two school districts, and attorney for three housing authorities. This representation required appearances from local courts all the way to the highest court in the state. During this time, I was also appointed as a Hearing Officer for Disciplinary Matters and served as a member of the Fifth District Grievance Committee and President of the County Bar Association.
I am grateful and proud that many communities have entrusted me with their legal affairs and are now asking the voters of the district to entrust me with the position of judge of the Supreme Court.
Please exercise your right to vote.
LEARN MORE ABOUT STATE SUPREME COURT CANDIDATES
Christina Cagnina (Democrat)
Julie Grow Denton (Republican, Conservative)
John W. Dillon (Democrat)
Charles A. Keller (Democrat)
Kevin P. Kuehner (Republican, Conservative)
David A. Murad (Democrat)
William F. Ramseier (Republican, Conservative)