NIAGARA FALLS - Alan J. Roscetti, an assistant Niagara County public defender, announced Wednesday that he intends to run for Niagara Falls City Court judge in 2017.
Roscetti, 37, is the first candidate to announce his interest in the seat held by Judge Robert P. Merino, who will turn 70 during 2017, reaching New York's mandatory retirement age for city, county and state judges. An election to fill a 10-year term will be held next November. The post pays $113,900 a year.
Roscetti, an attorney for 12 years, is the son of James C. Roscetti, a well-known Niagara Falls attorney, and works in the family law firm, Roscetti & DeCastro. He said his background as a public defender handling all types of cases gives him the right experience for City Court.
"Serving on the court would indeed be a high honor, and one I would treat with the utmost respect," Roscetti said. "I have lived in the home my grandfather built in Niagara Falls 60 years ago since returning home from college, and nothing would give me a greater reward than to serve my fellow citizens on the City Court."
Roscetti earned a bachelor's degree in economics and sociology from Duke University and a law degree at the University at Buffalo.