There is only one $113,000 city judge appointment opening up Jan. 1, but two attorneys say their applications to Mayor Anthony M. Masiello should have been included when the city announced six other candidates earlier this month.
Carmen Gentile, an assistant corporation counsel, and James A. Ciminelli, in private practice, are among applicants for the post.
Gentile, a graduate of Canisius College and George Mason University Law School, is admitted to the bar in Virginia as well as in New York State. He practiced corporate law in Washington, D.C., before retuning to the Buffalo-Niagara area.
Gentile's private practice in Erie and Niagara counties continued to 1997 when he joined the city Law Department. Gentile also served as an administrative law judge in the Parking Violations Bureau and in Administrative Adjudication.
"More than half of my practice has been in the area of criminal law," he said. "My trial experience has been extensive."
Ciminelli, a general practitioner for four years with offices in Buffalo, was staff attorney for Niagara County Legal Aid Society from 1990 to 1995. He graduated from the University at Buffalo Law School in 1989.
"Please allow me to show you I have the strength of character, knowledge, experience, temperament, compassion and, most importantly, common sense to be a fine City Court judge," Ciminelli said in his letter of application to the mayor.