NIAGARA FALLS - Niagara Falls attorney James J. Faso Jr. announced his candidacy for Niagara Falls City Court judge this week.
Faso is one of the busiest defense attorneys in Niagara County through his private practice in city, town and county courts, as well as a part-time position with the county Conflict Defender's Office, which provides defense services for indigent clients who are prevented from using the main public defender staff because of attorneys' conflicts of interest.
“Between my private practice caseload and assignment in the Conflicts Office, I believe that I bring a unique understanding of the issues that come before the court, and that allows me to hit the ground running," Faso said. "Niagara Falls can expect a dedicated, hard- working judge that will be fair yet firm, understanding the needs of our community.”
Faso, the son of Town of Niagara Justice James J. Faso Sr., is the second attorney to declare his candidacy for city judge. Alan J. Roscetti threw his hat into the ring before Christmas. The seat is currently held by Judge Robert P. Merino, who will be reaching the state-mandated retirement age of 70 during 2017.
“Our community recognizes the importance of having members of the legal community serving in our court system that have the experience and maturity to handle the cases presented. I am ready to do that work immediately,” Faso said. He said he has handled "thousands of cases in City Court for the past 20 years" and knows the court's functions intimately.
A graduate of Niagara University and the University of Toledo College of Law, Mr. Faso is a member of the Niagara County Bar Association and is also a member and general counsel for the Niagara County Police and Judges Association. A Democrat, Faso plans to seek the Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Independence and Working Families Party nominations.